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Charges filed against Sydney Mines ATV rider

SYDNEY — A 23-year-old Sydney Mines man is facing a host of charges after being nabbed by police for riding an off-road vehicle in a residential area.

On Saturday at about 2 p.m., Cape Breton Regional Police were patrolling Pitt Street when they noticed an individual riding an ATV in the middle of the road and making 360-degree turns before speeding off toward the ball field.

Police report following the vehicle to an area of the bike trails and into a yard, where the driver turned off the ATV and got off the vehicle. Police approached the man, placed him under arrest and seized the ATV.

The accused is now scheduled to appear in provincial court Nov. 7 and is charged with dangerous driving. He is also facing several charges under the Off-Highway Vehicle Act including operating an off-highway vehicle on the highway, operating an off-highway vehicle without a permit and operating an off-highway vehicle without insurance. Each offence under the act carries a fine of $406.45.

The accused was released from custody on conditions including he not drive any off-highway vehicle.

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