Police charge three men in relation to dangerously operating motorcycles
We are reminding the public of the importance of motorcycle safety after two separate incidents recently occurred on busy Calgary streets.
Earlier this month, police laid charges against three motorcyclists for dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.
At approximately 8 p.m., on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022, police observed a motorcycle travelling southbound on Edmonton Trail N.E. As the motorcyclist began to approach a red light at the intersection of 16 Avenue N.E., the motorcycle appeared to nearly hit the car ahead of it.
Police observed the motorcycle operating without a visible licence plate. Upon the driver noticing police, he fled the area by travelling between stopped vehicles and travelling at high speeds along 16 Avenue N.E., reaching an estimated 100km/h, in a 50 km/h zone.
The motorcyclist attempted to make a left turn onto First Street N.E., lost control and dropped his bike as a result of speeding. As police arrived, the driver attempted to flee but was subsequently arrested.
The driver did not have a Class 6 motorcycle licence, and only possessed a Class 5 licence for operating passenger vehicles.
As a result, Brandon Scott MARSHALL, 23, of Calgary, was charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle. He will next appear in court on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022.
In another instance, police charged two men for similar behaviours.
On Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022, at approximately 10:50 p.m., police observed a group of motorcycles travelling south on Barlow Trail S.E., merging onto westbound Glenmore Trail S.E.
Upon noticing police, two motorcyclists from the group immediately accelerated and sped away. As the two drivers fled the area, they were both believed to be travelling at speeds reaching an estimated 200km/h, more than doubling the posted speed limit of 80 km/h.
Fortunately, HAWCS was in the area and was quickly able to monitor both motorcycles as they continued to speed throughout the city heading towards downtown.
The motorcyclists were then seen travelling north along Elbow Drive S.W., before eventually pulling into the parking lot of a gas station, located in the 500 block of 17 Avenue S.W.
Police in the downtown area were notified by HAWCS, and both drivers were subsequently arrested at the gas station.
One driver did not have a Class 6 motorcycle licence, and only possessed a Class 5 licence for operating passenger vehicles. The same driver was also unable to provide proof of insurance for his motorcycle, and as a result, the motorcycle was placed out-of-service and towed.
In relation to this incident, Jamal Mahmoud KHALED, 29, of Calgary, and Ahsan Moeez ALI, 24, of Calgary, are both charged with one count of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.
KHALED and ALI will next appear in court on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022.
“This type of dangerous behaviour on the roads cannot be tolerated. When motorcyclists drive recklessly on our streets, it puts everyone at risk. Just as with automobiles, not only are they putting themselves in danger, but also other road users including motorcyclists, drivers, and pedestrians,” says Staff Sergeant Robert Patterson of the Calgary Police Service Traffic Section. “We realize most motorcyclists are responsible, but want to remind those operating motorcycles to ensure they are driving safely, looking out for one another, and possess the proper license and training to operate a motorcycle.”
The Calgary Police Service Traffic Section continues to investigate these and other dangerous driving incidents. Anyone who may have information or dashcam footage is asked to contact police at the non-emergency number at 403-266-1234. Tips can be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers through either of the following methods:
APP: P3 Tips
Case # CA22387830/4404 / CA22394255/5825