Police seize motorcycle featured in high-speed YouTube ride

SAANICH, B.C. — Police on Vancouver Island have seized the motorcycle they believe was featured in a YouTube video racing along the Trans-Canada Highway at speeds of almost 300 kilometres an hour.

SAANICH, B.C. — Police on Vancouver Island have seized the motorcycle they believe was featured in a YouTube video racing along the Trans-Canada Highway at speeds of almost 300 kilometres an hour.

Saanich police say a tip from the public led them to the suspect bike, a blue Yamaha, that bears scratches and other marks that match those visible in the video.

The motorcycle’s owner is an Esquimalt woman, but police suspect her 25-year-old son was the offending driver, although they haven’t been able to prove that yet.

The woman has been given tickets for speeding, driving without due care, excessive speeding, and driving without insurance — all of which could result in fines totalling almost $1,500.

Police say the woman’s son has more than two dozen traffic tickets for issues such as speeding and not having a valid driver’s licence, and the motorcycle was not insured on the day the video was shot.

The video, which was posted to an anonymous YouTube account on April 8 and has been viewed more than 100,000 times, shows a motorbike zooming between cars and trucks on the divided highway.

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