Police make arrests in Old Perlican
Residents frustrated by wild driving habits of a few
Frustrated residents of Old Perlican flooded the RCMP with complaints last week about what they described as the dangerous and erratic driving habits of a few on town streets.
A follow-up response by police resulted in the arrest of two males — 19-year-old Perry Coish from nearby Bay de Verde and 32-yearold Johnathan Squires from Old Perlican — on Tuesday, Nov. 6.
Mayor Harry Strong said the situation has been raising concern in the community for about a year. He described several near-misses with senior citizens attempting to cross the street, excessive speeding, residents being awakened during early-morning hours by roaring engines, and high-risk stunts.
“Four or five guys or whatever have basically been terrorizing an area of the town,” Strong told The Compass.
Town officials had several meetings with the RCMP in recent months, and Strong described the level of co-operation as positive.
Police had stepped up patrols in the area, and there had been several encounters between police and the alleged offenders.
But it wasn’t until police received “numerous complaints” last week that concrete measures were able to be taken, said RCMP Cpl. Brent Hillier.
“With the assistance of several residents/witnesses coming forward, the Trinity Conception District RCMP were able to arrest two individuals for numerous charges,” Hillier explained in a news release.
The two accused were held overnight, and appeared in court on Nov. 7. They were both released on undertakings.
Squires is facing the following charges: dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, three counts of uttering threats, and three counts of mischief.
Coish was arrested for mischief (two counts), and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle (two counts).
“This is what we wanted,” said Strong.
“We realize the police can only do so much, but we got excellent co-operation from them and they have managed to do something about it.
“Whether it will calm thing down remains to be seen.”
Coish is due back in court on Dec. 10, while Squires will make another appearance on Dec. 18.
Perry Coish (foreground) of Bay de Verde and Johnathon Squires of Old Perlican are seen being escorted into provincial court in Harbour Grace on Nov. 7 by RCMP Const. Stephen Barker (right).