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Pair to face charges for reckless motorcycle race

TWO motorcyclists have been caught for roaring down main roads in Shanghai at dangerous speeds, police said today.

The two men, surnamed Jin and Zhang, were released on bail and will be charged with dangerous driving. They will be the first in the city to face such charges, the Shanghai Public Security Bureau said in a statement today.

The high-speed road chase took place on the night of February 3. Jin and Zhang met at about 8pm in a garage on Leyuan Road, Pudong New Area and mounted on a Yamaha and a Honda, both powered by a 1,000cc engine, police said.

They hurtled down Yanggao Road, made a U-turn near Jufeng Road, continued to race along Yanggao Road westward, up the Nanpu Bridge and towards Puxi. Police saw them racing at high speeds and running red lights from surveillance cameras.

Police patrols tried to them at the intersection of Lujiabang Road and Henan Road S., but the two shunned them and fled by Henan Road S and returned to Pudong via the Fuxing Road Tunnel, police said.

Jin and Zhang were later caught by police and had their motorcycles confiscated.

Police found Jin's Yamaha motorcycle was unlicensed while Zhang was using a borrowed plate on his Honda.

The two men admitted to dangerous driving and will stand trial this month.

Shanghai police warned people not to drive motorcycles with powerful engines and pledged to crack down on dangerous driving.


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