See the video: Accused biker acquitted in case over 186-mph wild ride but loses motorcycleHome
See the video: Accused biker acquitted in case over 186-mph wild ride but loses motorcycle
By Martha Neil
Oct 25, 2013, 12:33 pm CDT
A man accused of taking a wild ride on a motorcycle at up to 186 mph (300 kph) last year has been acquitted of dangerous driving by a Canadian judge.
A helmetcam recording of the Vancouver Island ride, which can be seen on YouTube, clearly shows the speedometer. However, a provincial judge in Victoria held that the identity of the driver wasn't established beyond a reasonable doubt and criticized Saanich police for not doing a more extensive investigation, the Guelph Mercury reports.
There was also some bad news for Randy George Scott, 26, and his mother, who was the registered owner of the 2006 Yamaha R-1 in the incident. Because a reduced standard of proof applies for establishing that the bike was used illegally, it was forfeited to the government and won't be returned.
The recording shows the bike weaving in and out of traffic and leaving other vehicles behind as if they were standing still. At several points, the biker rides down the painted dividing line between two lanes filled with vehicles.
Additional and related coverage:
ABAJournal.com: "Driver posts YouTube video of 24-minute drive around 26-mile Manhattan loop, resulting in arrest"
CBC News: " Saanich, B.C., police lay charge in 300 km/h motorcycle video"
Daily Mail: "Catch me if you can! Reckless biker turns fugitive after posting shocking video of 186mph joyride on busy highway"
Daily Buzz (Yahoo News): "Randy George Scott, YouTube speed demon surrenders to B.C. police"