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Wild Parksville drivers facing charges

Two incidents involving motorized vehicles ripping through Parksville Community Park put people in potential peril last weekend.

Oceanside RCMP located one of the suspects and are looking for help to find the other.

On Friday evening, a witness said someone riding a dirt bike sped through the beach volleyball courts that were full of dozens of league players. The biker also got perilously close to the children's playground and screams were heard from at least one child.

Police say they attempted to pull over a man riding an unlicensed off-road motorcycle on Highway 19A, near Lee Road at 8:30 p.m. Friday. The young man then sped off towards Parksville avoiding police, according to the RCMP.

"The driver of the motorcycle proceeded to ride throughout Parksville and Qualicum Beach with complete disregard for traffic laws and the safety of others," Oceanside RCMP Cpl. Jesse Foreman said through a news release on Monday. "He refused to stop for police on several other occasions throughout the evening. At one point, he rode through the Parksville Community Park and down the Boardwalk at a high rate of speed. Witnesses reported the driver's actions as extremely reckless and dangerous."

Foreman said an investigation led police to the North Qualicum home of the 22-year-old man the following day. RCMP issued the driver Motor Vehicle Act tickets for having no insurance, no drivers licence and he was ticketed for the offence of driving without due care and attention. Police say they are continuing to investigate and may consider further charges beyond the $1,250 in fines.

Fast forward to Sunday at 5:30 p.m. when a man behind the wheel of a blue car was seen driving erratically on Highway 19A before jumping the curb and sidewalk and driving down the hill into community park. Oceanside RCMP say the driver then did a turn on the field and proceeded to accelerate and drive back up the hillside to Highway 19a, where he sped off.

"These actions caused damage to the park hillside and put numerous occupants of the park in danger," said Cpl. Jesse Foreman. "The suspect vehicle was last seen heading eastbound at a high rate of speed with two young adult male occupants. The vehicle has been described as a mid-sized to large blue or blue/silver sedan."

RCMP are asking the public for help related to this incident Sunday. If you have any information regarding this incident, contact the Oceanside RCMP at 250-248-6111 or report anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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