Photo courtesy of the Sarnia Police Service.Photo courtesy of the Sarnia Police Service.

Police arrest alleged motorcycle thief after brief pursuit

A stolen motorcycle will be returned to its rightful owner after Sarnia police nabbed an alleged thief early Wednesday morning.

Just before 2 a.m., an officer on patrol in the area of London Road and Superior Street attempted to stop a motorcycle for a traffic violation.

It's alleged the motorcyclist, along with a female passenger, refused to stop and sped off travelling south on Superior Street.

Police said the motorcycle continued east along Hickory Avenue and allegedly failed to stop at Indian Road.

The officer located the bike in the driveway of a home on Montcalm Avenue. The homeowner told police they didn't own a motorcycle, and didn't  know why it was there.

During a search of the property, the 22-year-old passenger was found hiding behind the garage, and the suspect was located hiding face down behind some tall bushes.

Police determined the motorcycle, which allegedly had a tampered VIN number and improper licence plates, was recently reported stolen from a George Street address.

A 27-year-old Sarnia man is charged with flight from police, dangerous driving, possession of stolen property over $5,000, tampering with a vehicle identification number, trespass by night, fail to comply with release order and breach of probation.

The accused was also charged with disobeying a stop sign and using unauthorized plates under the Highway Traffic Act.

He was being held in custody awaiting a bail hearing.

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