Motorcyclist loses bike after only 20 kilometers of riding

Motorcyclist loses bike after only 20 kilometers of riding

A man in his 40s will now need to wait until summer before mounting his motorcyle for a second time after losing his license for 90 days under the Immediate Roadside Prohibition program Sergeant Chad Badry of the West Kootenay Traffic and Integrated Road Safety Unit said in a media release Monday.

Badry said the incident happened Sunday afternoon near Thrums when a member of the West Kootenay Integrated Road Safety Unit came across a 43-year-old male motorcyclist driving his brand new Harley Davidson in excess of 127km/h in an 80km/h zone on Highway 3A near Thrums.

"The biker was driving very aggressively speeding and passing vehicles then sped up when the police vehicle attempted to pull him over," Badry explained.

"He eventually pulled over without incident. After a quick assessment, the police officer required the driver to provide a breath sample on a roadside screening device and was found to be impaired by alcohol."

Badry said the driver lost his license for 90 days under the Immediate Roadside Prohibition program, his motorcycle was impounded for 30 days, and he received a hefty fine for driving without due care.

"The 2017 motorcycle had only about 20 kilometers on the odometer and the driver just couldn't wait until he was sober to take his new bike for a ride endangering himself and others," Badry explained.

"While it will cost the driver a lot to get his license back and his motorcycle released, he is lucky that he didn't cause a serious crash."

Badry said with Mother Nature finally cooperating with some spring-like weather, RCMP would like to remind drivers that more motorcyclists and bicyclists will be on our highways so please give them space.

Police would also like to remind all drivers that intoxicants like alcohol and drugs do not mix with driving.