Suspected impaired motorcyclist flees police
The month of September began in high gear for RCMP officers in central with a police pursuit of a suspected drunk driver in Northern Arm.
Officers from the RCMP Grand Falls-Windsor detachment responded to a report of an impaired motorcyclist with a passenger driving on the Botwood highway in Northern Arm Sept. 1.
RCMP spotted the motorcycle a short time later in Botwood as the vehicle was turning on to the Botwood highway. When an RCMP member attempted to initiate a traffic stop, the motorcycle driver refused to pull over.
Officers pursued the suspect for roughly two kilometres on Route 350. The police report stated the pursuit reached speeds between 50-60 km/h before police passed the motorcycle. Officers then pulled some distance in front of the vehicle to continue efforts to signal the driver to stop. Again, the driver refused to comply with officers.
As the suspect vehicle approached 13 Mile Crossing in Bishop’s Falls, another RCMP member parked on the shoulder of the road to signal for the driver to pull over. Ignoring the officers, the motorcycle turned on to the T-railway, which intersects Route 350 at the location, and headed south towards Bishop’s Falls with police again in pursuit.
The driver finally stopped the motorcycle almost a kilometer on the trail as other police vehicles were responding.
The driver of the motorcycle was immediately arrested for flight from police and was also determined to be impaired. The driver was subsequently taken to Grand Falls-Windsor Detachment to complete a breath test, blowing 2 1/2 times the legal limit. The driver’s motorcycle was also seized.
Charges against the 36-yearold man from Pleasantview include impaired operation, driving with more than 80 mg of alcohol, flight from police, driving without valid driver’s license, operation of an unregistered vehicle, and operation of an uninsured vehicle. The suspect was held “until sober” and will appear in court Nov. 29, 2017.