A crosstown, high-speed chase between one police car and three motorcycles ended in a quiet residential neighbourhood in the wee hours of the morning on Thursday.

The saga began around 3:15 a.m. Thursday, said Sgt. Audrey-Anne Bilodeau of the Sureté du Québec.

Three speeding motorcyclists were spotted by an SQ officer on Highway 40 East at Stinson, in the borough of St-Laurent.


The motorcycle driven by the suspect. (Radio-Canada)

They refused to pull over after the officer flashed his emergency lights and sounded his siren. Then they split up, said Bilodeau.

“When the first patrol car noticed the high speeding, the two other motorcycles split into different directions,” Bilodeau said. “He wasn’t able to split his car in three. He had to follow one.”

The police cruiser and motorcycle turned off Highway 40 onto Highway 25 South, ending up in a quiet sector of Anjou. That’s when Montreal police joined the chase.

The motorcycle driver, Bilodeau said, ended up driving into a squad car door. He then allegedly got off the motorcycle and ran away.

The man in his 20s was apprehended right next to Louis Riel Park.

Bilodeau said he broke many rules in the highway safety code. “He even circulated on the sidewalk,” she said.

The man is expected at the Montreal courthouse Thursday to face charges of dangerous driving and fleeing from police. The two other motorcyclists have not yet been caught.