What are the chances an e-bike rider will outrun the cops?
A Sturgeon Falls man thought he could beat the odds.
An OPP officer was on patrol last Wednesday morning when an e-bike rider disobeyed the stop sign at the intersection of Levesque and Front Streets in Sturgeon Falls.
The officer tried to stop the e-bike, but it fled. Shortly thereafter, another officer stopped it on Railway Street.
Nipissing West OPP say the e-bike did not have a chain, making it impossible to use the pedals, therefore making it modified, and rendering it a motor vehicle under the Highway Traffic Act.
Further investigation revealed the driver was disqualified as well as breaching his court-ordered release conditions. He was arrested.
Officers seized brass knuckles and knives, which are prohibited weapons.
Joseph Commanda, 28, from Sturgeon Falls, is charged with:
- Two counts of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose
- Flight from a peace officer
- Operation while prohibited under the criminal code
- Failure to comply with a release order
Commanda was held in custody and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice - Bail Court today in North Bay.