SAN FRANCISCO – A motorcyclist may have turned out to be the best eyewitness in the case of a group of riders caught on videotape shooing and taunting a California Highway Patrol officer in the Bay Area.
Unfortunately for the camera-wielding motorcyclist, he was also one of the principal taunters, police said.
CHP investigators on Thursday announced that they arrested Guruardas Singh Khalsa after receiving tips and tracking some of the videos he had posted online on his personal accounts, Officer Ross Lee told The Times.
Khalsa was taken into custody at 6:25 p.m. Wednesday on charges of delaying or obstructing an officer in their duties and being an accessory after the fact.
Officers say Khalsa filmed the riders’ actions, and the video was picked up and later posted to YouTube.
The video, which earned more than 1.5 million views, shows the riders performing wheelies on Interstate 680 in Milpitas.
The riders are seen speeding on the highway and circling the officer, whose siren can be heard in the background.
The officer tried to stop the riders in the pack, but they ignored him and eventually shooed him away. The video shows the riders celebrating after the officer rides for safety.
Authorities say they are still looking for the other riders and plan to continue their investigation into the video.
In a statement, the CHP said the riders “displayed complete disregard for a California Highway Patrol officer who was attempting to conduct an enforcement stop,” calling their behavior “reckless and dangerous.”