Speeding biker faces list of charges as ‘Operation Noisemaker’ kicks off

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Ottawa police kicked off their annual Operation Noisemaker campaign with a bang Friday night, as a motorcyclist led police on a brief chase before being arrested.

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The motorcyclist was spotted near the intersection of Strandherd and Longfields drives after registering 123 km / h in the 70 km / h zone.

The driver refused to stop for police, then attempted to flee at a red light, but was pulled over shortly afterward.

The driver faces a long list of charges including flight from police, resisting a police officer, dangerous driving, stunt driving and others.

It was one of two stunt-driving charges laid by officers, who set up surveillance points at Strandherd Drive and Greenbank Road, Strandherd and Woodroffe Avenue and Merivale and Meadowlands roads.

There were 20 speeding tickets issued, along with three tickets for failure to stop at a red light and several other HTA violations.

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It’s the third annual Operation Noisemaker and there’s a new option for residents to help police tackle dangerous speeding, stunting and excessive noise.

While dangerous driving that poses an immediate threat should be reported to 911, people can make online reports to help put officers in the places and at times when they can do the most to boost traffic safety, police said.

Previously, reports had to be linked to a specific incident.

Information is also used by traffic officers to “follow up” with drivers who regularly flout posted speed limits, police said.

Ottawa police officers stop an average of 10 stunt drivers a week. They face a 14-day vehicle seizure and a 30-day driving suspension and fines of up to $ 10,000 upon conviction.

During the 2021 edition of Project Noisemaker, charges for stunt driving doubled to 157 from 78 in 2020. Police laid nearly 1,200 speeding charges and 175 improper muffler charges last year.

In Ontario, stunt driving includes driving 50 km / h or more over the speed limit or 40 km / h or more over the speed limit on roads with a speed limit less than 80 km / h.

-With files from Megan Gillis

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