BEI investigating after motorcyclist seriously injured in Trois-Rivières police chase

A 29-year-old motorcyclist collided with a car while being pursued by an officer driving an unmarked police vehicle, according to Quebec's independent investigations bureau.

29-year-old collided with a car while being pursued by police, Quebec's independent investigations bureau says

Police said the motorcyclist was driving recklessly before colliding with a car, the BEI said. (Radio-Canada)

Quebec's independent investigations bureau (BEI) has launched an investigation after a 29-year-old motorcyclist was seriously injured during a police chase in Trois-Rivières Monday afternoon.

According to preliminary information obtained by the BEI, the motorcyclist accelerated rapidly at an intersection in Trois-Rivières​, about 140 kilometres east of Montreal, upon seeing a police officer in a car behind him.

The officer, who was driving an unmarked police car,  followed the motorcyclist.

The motorcyclist was driving recklessly, according to the officer, who then turned on the vehicle's police lights.

The motorcyclist collided with another car shortly thereafter, suffering serious, but not life-threatening, injuries, the BEI said.

The motorcyclist was transported to hospital with serious, but not life-threatening, injuries. (Radio-Canada)

The driver of the car involved in the collision was not hurt.

Eight BEI investigators will look into the circumstances of what happened, assisted by two Sûreté du Québec officers.

The BEI is called in to investigate any incident involving police in which someone is hurt or killed or where police use their weapon.