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Motorcyclist involved in chase before crash: police

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A 27-year-old man is facing charges after crashing his motorcycle into a parked car during an alleged police pursuit early Friday morning.

An officer in the area noticed the motorcycle being driven erratically on St. Anne's Road around midnight, Const. Jason Michalyshen said Friday afternoon.

"Efforts to stop this vehicle were made, however unsuccessful, and as a result of the matter of driving by the motorcyclist the collision did occur," Michalyshen said. 

The vehicle crashed into a parked BMW in the 1000 block of Archibald Street and ended up in flames about 100 yards away from the car it hit, front tire missing and broken parts strewn along the pavement.

The driver was taken to hospital in critical condition, but has since been updated to stable.

The officer was in pursuit of the motorcycle for about one kilometer, or around 45 seconds total, police said. At some points, the motorcycle was travelling at speeds up to 120 km/h – twice the legal speed limit, police said.

Police said they are investigating the actions of the officer and the driver of the motorcycle leading up to the incident. They hope to release more details in the coming days.

"There are a lot of decisions that have to be made very rapidly and there’s no question this officer had to make some decisions," Michalyshen said.

Police officers must decide whether or not a pursuit is safe to continue based on the situation’s circumstances.

"Whether or not to pursue an individual regardless of speeds, the type of vehicle that they’re operating, we need to take a lot of things into consideration," Michalyshen said.

"Not only for the safety of the officer, but for the safety of the individual or individuals who might be in that vehicle and certainly public safety is always the highest priority."

kyle.jahns@freepress.mb.ca

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Updated on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 8:41 AM CDT: Witnesses say police chasing biker before crash.

10:06 AM: Fixes typo.

2:43 PM: adds video

5:54 PM: adds new submitted video

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