Motorcyclist goes 279 km/h on highway

(QMI AGENCY FILE PHOTO)

(QMI AGENCY FILE PHOTO)

Matt Dykstra, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:40 PM ET

EDMONTON - A motorcyclist was clocked at a “frightening” speed of 279 km/hr on Alberta’s deadliest highway.

Mounties said motorcyclist who was weaving in and out of traffic at a speeds of 279 km/hr on Highway 63, just north of Fort McMurray, shortly before 8 p.m on Thursday.

The motorcyclist was later arrested.

“It’s frightening,” Const. Christina Wilkins with the Wood Buffalo RCMP said. “I have never seen a speed that high and I think that would go for a lot of other officers as well.”

Wilkins said the speeding did not result in injury or death, but it easily could have.

“Do the math,” she said.

“You have an individual moving forward at 279 km/hr on a vehicle that doesn’t offer any protection to the driver. The consequences could have been very serious.”

James Whitney, a 33-year-old Fort McMurray resident, is charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and he was served with a number of traffic tickets.

Earlier in the day, a 26-year-old Stony Plain man was also caught driving at an excessive speed while drunk. He was pulled over on Highway 16A after going 182 km/hr. He had a blood alcohol level over three times the legal limit.


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