Po­lice make ar­rests in Old Per­li­can

Res­i­dents frus­trated by wild driv­ing habits of a few

The Compass - - ORTHTE -

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.

Photo by Terry Roberts/the Com­pass

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).

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