Cyclist with 80cc engine on their mountain bike failed to stop for police then fell into a bush

A cyclist who installed an 80cc engine onto their mountain bike failed to stop for police then fell into a bush.

Traffic officers pursued the rider in Leigh on Tuesday evening (September 8).

They had fitted their standard mountain bike with an 80cc engine – which can power vehicles to reach speeds of up to around 40 miles per hour.

Officers said the rider had ‘changed the use of the bike to become a motor vehicle’ and should therefore have been insured.



a flat screen tv: A police officer said it was the 'strangest pursuit' they had ever had


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A police officer said it was the ‘strangest pursuit’ they had ever had

The cyclist led police on 40mph chase before hitting a pothole on Orchard Lane and falling into a bramble bush, police said.

They were then summoned under the Road Traffic Act.

Alongside a picture of the mountain bike, GMP Traffic tweeted: “When you stick an 80cc engine onto a mountain bike you have changed it’s use to become a motor vehicle requiring insurance and a valid driver licence.

“When you fail to stop for #traffic it’s only going to end one way! Sec165rta and a summons #RPUwest.”

In a second tweet, an officer added: “This is the strangest pursuit I’ve ever had and it even managed to get up to 40mph before the rider hit the big pot holes down Orchard Lane, Leigh and fell into a bramble Bush.”

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