Police Put the Brakes on Wannabe Stunt Drivers in the GTA

Saddle_OPP_RoadToday_2Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has laid 48 charges following a three-month investigation into dangerous motorcycle stunts and erratic riding behaviours in the Greater Toronto Area.

At a Toronto area news conference today, Superintendent Alison Jevons from the OPP Highway Safety Division (HSD) and Detective Inspector Scott Naylor of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) unveiled details of the investigation and displayed video evidence and some of the vehicles seized during search warrants executed earlier this week.

Between June and September, with major case management oversight by the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB), members of Highway Safety Division (HSD) conducted Project SADDLE supported by members of the OPP-led Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau, Provincial Operations Intelligence Bureau, OPP Aviation Services and frontline officers. On 20 occasions, police disrupted dangerous riding activity on busy, major highways, including the Gardiner Expressway and the Don Valley Parkway. Dozens of riders on ‘sport bikes’ actively participated in numerous coordinated stunts that purposefully snarled traffic and put the lives of participants and the safety of other road users and pedestrians in jeopardy. The incidents were captured by participants on video and self-posted publicly to various social media channels. Public response to a request for information is credited with identifying some participants at an August 6th, 2017 incident.

Saddle_OPP_RoadToday_3Police noted these stunts occurred during a period when carnage involving motorcycles was particularly high and the subject of repeated road safety warnings. The same sub-culture of riders has been known to refuse to stop and have swarmed police officers in a threatening manner on several occasions.

Ten (10) people namely Mubashar Allaudin (21, Mississauga), Ryan Gouveia (33, Maple), Sean Power (28, Etobicoke), Ikjyot Gill (22, Brampton), Denny Lee (47, Etobicoke), Mark Bradley (38, Mississauga), Christian Posadas (22, No Fixed Address), Deepak Jetha (48, Vaughan), Mike Zoffranieri (42, Maple) and Mohammad Karousinejad (21, Toronto) are facing a total of 35 Criminal Code charges. These offences include Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Conspiracy to Commit the Indictable Offence of Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Mischief, Conspiracy to Commit the Indictable Offence of Mischief, and Flight While Pursued by a Peace Officer. Five (5) motorcycles were seized as Offence Related Property. Six charges were laid for offences contrary to the Controlled Drug and Substances Act.

In addition, these ten (10) people and others face a total of seven (7) charges under Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act including Driving While Suspended, No Licence Plates, Plates Not Visible, Improper Helmets, and Improper Permits and Equipment.

Seven of the ten primary accused have made their first appearance in court while three others have outstanding warrants for their arrest. The investigation continues.