Police launched a manhunt tonight in the area around the Malahat Chalet after a motorcyclist resisted arrest and fled on foot.
The incident began not long after the Integrated Road Safety Unit set up two speed traps on the Malahat.
They then clocked the Buell motorcycle traveling northbound at 152 kilometers an hour.
Officers expected to intercept the rider further down the highway and when he didn’t appear they went looking for him.
Police found the motorcycle and the driver in the Malahat Chalet’s parking lot around 8:15 p.m.
“One of the officers went to speak to the rider, it was clear something was not quite right,” said said Const. Andy Dunstan of the Integrated Road Safety Unit.
“The officer put the rider under arrest, there was an altercation and the officer called for cover.”
The suspect fled on foot into the bushes in the back of the Moon Water Lodge still wearing a red motorcycle helmet.
Officers soon learned the motorcycle was stolen, as was the license plate.
“As the motorcyclist ran away, he also shouted that he didn’t have a license,” said Const. Dunstan.
A Saanich Police dog was brought in to help with the search but police were unable to locate the suspect.
The search was called off around 9:30 p.m. and the motorcycle was towed away.
“There’s always the opportunity to gain some forensic evidence from the motorcycle or clothing that has been discarded,” said Const. Dunstan.
“There’s multitude of charges if we find the rider.”
The investigation continues.