E-Bike Operator Tries to Evade Halton Police in Kerr Village

A 46 year-old man from Oakville was charged

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Chantal Corner

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Sergeant Chantal Corner is the Media Relations Officer for the Halton Regional Police Department. She grew up in Oakville and graduated from Loyola. She still resides in Oakville.

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Halton Regional Police have arrested an Oakville man following an attempt to evade officers while operating his E-bike (electric bicycle).

On August 18th, 2014, at about 11:45 a.m., uniform officers assigned to the 2 District Community Mobilization Unit, observed a man operating an E-bike, without the required helmet, on Kerr Street, north of Lakeshore Boulevard. The officers, patrolling on police bicycles, requested the man to stop and he refused. The man attempted to evade officers and began to drive in a dangerous manner, and failed to obey traffic control signals and signs. Due to public safety, efforts to pursue the man were not undertaken.

A short time later, the man discarded his E-bike, just north or Speers Road, and fled on foot. He was located and arrested moments later by responding officers. Officers noted that the E-bike had been modified, so that it was no longer classified as an E-bike, but rather a motor vehicle.

The 46 year-old, from Oakville, is charged with; Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle (Criminal Code), Failing to Stop for a Police Officer (Highway Traffic Act), Operating a Motor Vehicle without Insurance (Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act), Failing to Properly Wear a Helmet (Highway Traffic Act), Operating a Vehicle on a Sidewalk (Town of Oakville By Law), amongst other traffic related offences.

In addition, the accused surrendered his licence for suspension, due to evidence of alcohol consumption while operating the vehicle, and saw his vehicle seized and impounded, pending completion of the court process. The accused will appear at the Ontario Court of Justice, in Milton, on September 23rd, 2014.

The Halton Regional Police Service would like to remind citizens and motorists that any modifications to an “E-Bike” can change the classification of the vehicle, therefore requiring proper registration, licence plates, insurance, and a proper class of drivers licence. A proper helmet is required to be worn and the pedals must be properly affixed to an E-Bike at all times. Further, cyclists and E-bike operators are reminded that they must obey the Highway Traffic Act and related By Laws that may exist within your town or city.

Further information about E-Bikes, and related rules and regulations, can be found on the Ministry of Transportation’s website at: E-Bike

 

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