The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has concluded an investigation into who released top secret footage of a biker in suburban Vancouver, British Columbia successfully eluding police. The Mounties did it.
The video was shot February 20, uploaded to YouTube eight days ago and has now also been released by MTV. The video has been viewed about 285,000 times. It shows a Harley rider refusing to pull over for police in Surrey, British Columbia. At one point the rider rides into a mall parking lot, then apparently into the mall, then down a moving escalator with police pursuing on foot.
“The video was a compilation that we put together,” Mounted Police spokesman Dale Carr told Yahoo Canada News. “of air services, Surrey RCMP video and Guildford Mall video for evidence.”
“The video is shared with investigators using a site that offers both private and public sharing,” the spokesman explained. “In this case the ‘private’ checkbox had inadvertently been overlooked. We are looking into how that occurred and whether the practice of using that particular site should remain as a standard practice.”
Where Did He Go
Carr didn’t explain why the video is supposed to be secret. The rider faces a charge of “flight from the police” and numerous traffic violations. The chase took place about 15 miles north of the American border and the rider is still at large.
“I’ve been working in police work for 28 years and I’ve never seen a time where we were in pursuit of a motorcycle and it entered a mall, exited a mall, and ultimately we’re still looking for the driver,” the Carr told Yahoo.
Peggy Howard, who is the general manager of the mall, told ABC News the biker never actually entered the mall but instead went down a parking lot escalator and then into a Walmart. “We’re really happy no one got hurt,” she said.
“Ultimately the motorcycle was dumped,” Carr said. Police have the motorcycle. The bike’s battery is decorated with a “Support Your Local Hells Angels Haney” sticker.