Authorities in Southlake say one of the bikers popping wheelies on the Texas State Highway 114 crashed near the border of Southlake and Grapevine. That caused a traffic backup for about an hour when the freeway had to be closed.
At least one person was hurt in the wreck Saturday but the severity of the injury wasn’t immediately known.
Four people have been hit with 27 charges after Mounties searched a motorcycle clubhouse in Red Deer connected to the Hells Angels.
Didsbury RCMP said the charges are related to an alleged kidnapping, an assault, and a break-and-enter, all of which occurred in June.
Police said the offences were committed by associates of an outlaw motorcycle gang out of Red Deer called the Syndicate Motorcycle Club.
On June 17, Mounties said, three people abducted two women from Olds, before bringing their captives to the Syndicate’s clubhouse in Red Deer. One of the women was assaulted before both were released by their captors, police said.
And on June 29, police allege three different suspects went to the same victim’s home in Didsbury, broke into the residence before stealing one of the women’s car.
An investigation launched by members from the Didsbury RCMP detachment determined the Syndicate Motorcycle Club is a support club for the Nomads chapter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club.
RCMP Cpl. Laurel Scott said outlaw motorcycle gangs are very much still active in the province and have strong ties to organized crime in Alberta.
Staff Sgt. Chad Fournier of the Didsbury RCMP Detachment said disrupting these gangs is “a key component to crime reduction.”
“Combatting outlaw motorcycle gang members and their related organized criminal activities remains a top national priority for the RCMP,” he said. “Outlaw motorcycle gangs represent a threat to the safety and well-being of Canadians.”
According to police, four suspects were arrested without incident in Red Deer on Tuesday. Police then raided the Syndicate Motorcycle Club Clubhouse in Red Deer.
On Wednesday, police executed a second search warrant at a residence in Red Deer where officers seized cocaine, cash and further evidence.
Scott said multiple law enforcement agencies were involved in the bust, including members of the Olds and Red Deer RCMP Detachments, the Red Deer and Calgary General Investigation Sections, and the K Division Gang Intelligence Co-ordinator.
Rachel Lynn Baskier, 22, is facing three charges of kidnapping without a firearm.
Kevin Michael Fix, 35, is facing 11 charges including three counts each of kidnapping without a firearm and uttering threats, two counts of assault, and one charge of criminal harassment.
Jessie Doreen Waugh, 32, is facing two charges of break and enter and forcible confinement, one charge of possession of stolen property over $5,000, and one count of possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.
Joshua Bradley Noordhoff, 36, is facing nine charges including two counts of break and enter and commit the offence of forcible confinement, one count of break-and-enter and extortion, and possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.
Noordhoff appeared in court on Wednesday for a bail hearing and was released on a recognizance.
Baskier and Waugh have been released on a promise to appear in Didsbury Provincial Court on July 30.
Fix was scheduled to appear in court on Thursday for a bail hearing.