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Chase ends up in Metrotown underground parking lot

Motorcycle seized by police at the Metropolis at Metrotown Mall in Burnaby on Thursday. - Burnaby RCMP
Motorcycle seized by police at the Metropolis at Metrotown Mall in Burnaby on Thursday.
— image credit: Burnaby RCMP

A motorcyclist who drove dangerously through several communities Thursday was finally nabbed near Metrotown after a 90-minute chase.

Burnaby RCMP said at around 5:30 p.m., the RCMP's Air One helicopter spotted a motorcycle being driven in a dangerous manner while crossing the Pitt River Bridge. Air One followed the motorcycle as it went in speeds of more than 150 kilometers an hour on the Lougheed Highway and later exceeded 200 km/h on the freeway.

Police tried to stop the motorcycle several times but the driver kept speeding away. The police vehicles backed off but Air One maintained visual contact as it went through Coquitlam, Burnaby, New Westminster, Richmond and Vancouver.

Just before 7 p.m., it was spotted pulling into an underground parking lot at Metropolis at Metrotown. Police moved in and saw the driver attempt to flee in an SUV being operated by a woman. It was pulled over by Vancouver Police a few minutes later at Kingsway and Olive Avenue, which is in Burnaby just a block east of Central Park.

A 2012 black Ducati motorcycle was seized from the parking lot and a 2006 Range Rover SUV was towed following the arrest.

Charges of dangerous driving and criminal flight from police are being recommended against a 29-year-old Port Coquitlam man. The SUV driver is not facing charges.

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