Forged License Plate
(Saanich Police)

A motorcyclist with a crudely forged license plate was arrested by Saanich Police after fleeing from officers early Wednesday morning.

Police responding to a domestic dispute just after 6:30 a.m. in the 1800 block of Harvard Place saw a man they believed was involved in the case leaving the area on a motorcycle.

An officer tried to pull the motorcycle over, but the rider accelerated away at high speed and failed to stop for a stop sign.

Police halted their pursuit since they had obtained the suspect’s license plate.

However, minutes later a witness approached the pursuing officer and said the motorcyclist had crashed in the wooded trails off Finnerty Rd.

Police were then able to locate and arrest the 36-year-old motorcyclist, who was taken to hospital for non-life-threatening injuries sustained from the crash.

The man remains in custody at the Saanich Police Department.

He did not possess a driver’s license, and police determined that his license plate had been forged.

“It appears that this individual fled from police because he did not have a licence, was riding an uninsured motorcycle, and had court conditions imposed that prevented him from driving period,” Cst. Markus Anastasiades wrote in a statement.

“His actions were completely reckless and void of care for anyone that may have been using the roads this morning.”

The motorcyclist is facing charges including fleeing police, forgery, dangerous driving and other charges relating to prior court conditions from outside B.C.

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