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Charges Laid Against Suspect for 185 mph Yamaha R1 YouTube Video

Fri, 13 Jul 2012

Remember that video on YouTube about the rider going 185 mph on a highway in Canada? The video went viral and eventually led to the seizure of a Yamaha R1 and $1,449 (Canadian) in traffic tickets issued to its owner.

In April, police in Saanich, British Columbia believed they had enough evidence to seize the R1 and issued tickets to the registered owner for speeding, operating without due care and attention, and operating without insurance. Police were not able to lay more serious charges against the rider because there wasn’t enough evidence to identify the individual, believed to be the son of the registered owner.

After several months, police have now issued a warrant for Randy George Scott, a 25-year-old who allegedly rode the Yamaha sportbike in the video. According to Saanich police Sgt. Dean Jantzen, investigators proceeded with charges of dangerous driving after receiving information from witnesses.

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“That was pared down to three critical witnesses that our officers felt provided the best information,” Jantzen told the Victoria Times Colonist. “That was information that connected the rider to the bike to the incident.”

Police are now searching for Scott. In April, police said the alleged rider in the video has had his license suspended five times on 27 prior traffic offenses.

[Source: Victoria Times Colonist]

By Dennis Chung

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