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Saanich police seek motorcyclist seen on YouTube weaving through traffic at 299km/h

Video showing a motorcyclist barreling down the Trans-Canada Highway at speeds reaching 300 km/h has Saanich police attempting to identify the dangerous driver.

The two-minute clip, showing the motorcycle dashboard and the driver's first-person view weaving in between vehicles, was posted to YouTube on April 8 and quickly came to the attention of police.

"This is an entirely unacceptable set of driving behaviour," said Saanich police Sgt. Dean Jantzen, adding that traffic safety officers are investigating, and are looking to lay charges under the Criminal Code of Canada and Motor Vehicle Act.

Police believe the video was shot in the late afternoon on either April 5 or 6, and are looking to speak with anyone who may have seen the blue motorcycle travelling at such high speeds.

The digital read-out on the motorcycle dash shows the motorcycle maxed out at 299 km/h, but Jantzen said it's likely that the speed exceeded that, and the digital speedometer doesn't go higher than 299 km/h.

"This is an egregious driving incident, and it has regional significance, regardless of any perceived jurisdictional boundaries," Jantzen said about why Saanich police have taken the lead on the investigation, despite the majority of the video showing the motorcycle travelling through Colwood, View Royal and Langford.

Jantzen, while speaking on behalf of the police department, questioned the need for bikes to be able to travel so fast.

The speed limit along the stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway shown in the video is 80 km/h.

kslavin@saanichnews.com

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