Suspected 'erratic' motorcycle driver who allegedly flashed handgun turns himself in

A 25-year-old man turned himself in to police less than a day after investigators issued a public plea for help to identify a motorcyclist who allegedly flashed a handgun at several motorists and drove erratically.

Ottawa man, 25, turns himself in after tips from public helped police find the motorcycle

Ottawa police had been trying to identify this motorcyclist, who was reportedly seen driving erratically and allegedly flashed a handgun at drivers on several occasions this month. The suspect turned himself in early Friday morning. (Ottawa police handout)

A 25-year-old man turned himself in to police less than a day after investigators issued a public plea for help to identify a motorcyclist who allegedly flashed a handgun at several motorists and drove erratically.

The man turned himself in at about 3 a.m. Friday after tips from the public helped investigators find the motorcycle, Ottawa police said.

He has been charged with two counts of pointing a firearm and two counts of breaching probation.

OPP and Ottawa police had investigated numerous complaints about a motorcyclist driving erratically in traffic, mainly in Ottawa's west end.

Most recent sighting was Thursday morning

"The driver also brandished a handgun to other vehicles that did not give enough room for passing," Ottawa police said in a media release issued early Thursday afternoon.

The most recent sighting was around Dwyer Hill Road and Highway 7 at about 9:40 a.m. Thursday.

The motorcycle was described as a red Honda CBR sport bike. The licence plate was sometimes missing, and at other times had been determined to be fake, police said.

No suspect description was available, except that the person wore a black helmet.

Police urged the public not to confront the motorcyclist and to immediately call 911 if they spotted him.