RCMP in­ves­ti­gate man in Dildo caught on video driv­ing into on­com­ing traf­fic

Wo­man who filmed in­ci­dent hopes it leads to reck­less driv­ing charge

The Compass - - Sports - BY ANDREW ROBIN­SON editor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Whether he was im­paired or not im­paired, he was driv­ing reck­lessly, and I’d like to see him charged with reck­less driv­ing.

— Cathy War­ren

A video taken at night late last month in Dildo of a car un­ex­pect­edly driv­ing into on­com­ing traf­fic is get­ting a lot of at­ten­tion on­line.

Po­lice were still in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent as of Fri­day, Dec. 29, ac­cord­ing to Sgt. Dion Foote, com­mand­ing of­fi­cer for the Whit­bourne RCMP de­tach­ment.

Cathy War­ren, who re­ported the in­ci­dent to po­lice and shared two videos on her Face­book page that were viewed over 90,000 times com­bined, told The Com­pass she no­ticed the ve­hi­cle ahead of her was a bit too close to those pass­ing by in the left lane. They had left the Trans Canada High­way and were en route to Dildo.

“He was a lit­tle bit swervy on the road, and the next thing you know he was over on the other side of the road, and he drove 300 or 400 feet like that,” said War­ren, who was a pas­sen­ger in the ve­hi­cle be­hind the white Pon­tiac Sun­fire and even­tu­ally started film­ing the driver.

To­wards the end of the first video, which is al­most two-anda-half min­utes long, the car can be seen veer­ing into the left lane with on­com­ing traf­fic vis­i­ble ahead. The driver did not stop, forc­ing the other ve­hi­cle to pull over into a drive­way that was con­ve­niently lo­cated at that spot along the main high­way. War­ren said this hap­pened shortly be­fore the driver turned into the Blue Whale Lounge and Eatery in Dildo.

“I don’t know if any­body rec­og­nizes the end of that drive­way, be­cause if that drive­way wasn’t there, that per­son would have ended up in the ditch,” said War­ren. “They had no other choice. That driver (in on­com­ing traf­fic) never pulled back over into his lane or at­tempted to at all — as you can see by the video.”

The driver of War­ren’s video agreed to pull over into the park­ing lot of the Blue Whale. War­ren con­tacted RCMP and con­tin­ued film­ing, ob­serv­ing the driver as he walked into the estab­lish­ment.

Sgt. Foote told The Com­pass of­fi­cers re­sponded im­me­di­ately to the orig­i­nal com­plaint. The ve­hi­cle and its reg­is­tered owner were lo­cated, and Foote said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was still on­go­ing as of Dec. 29.

“We’re not 100 per cent sure why he was driv­ing the way he was driv­ing,” Foote said, also con­firm­ing po­lice found no signs of im­pair­ment.

“We’re just do­ing a thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion and see­ing what else could ex­plain that type of driv­ing,” he said. “I saw (the video) too and I un­der­stand her con­cern and I’m glad she phoned in. Lots of times, peo­ple drive that way maybe be­cause they’re tex­ting or maybe be­cause they’re dodg­ing pot­holes or maybe be­cause they’re not pay­ing at­ten­tion. There’s all kinds of rea­sons why peo­ple drive like that.”

Po­lice sub­se­quently con­tacted War­ren fol­low­ing ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“They couldn’t smell any­thing on him and his eyes weren’t blood­shot and he wasn’t stag­ger­ing or any­thing like that … Whether he was im­paired or not im­paired, he was driv­ing reck­lessly, and I’d like to see him charged with reck­less driv­ing. And I think I have enough ev­i­dence for that.”

Foote mean­while would openly en­cour­age the gen­eral pub­lic to re­port these sorts of events.

“It could be a cou­ple of pot­holes or be­cause of poor driv­ing or tex­ting — we don’t care why they’re call­ing, as long as they’re call­ing us so we can fol­low up on it.” the


An im­age taken from a video Cathy War­ren shared on Face­book Thurs­day, Dec. 28. The car on the left is driv­ing di­rectly into on­com­ing traf­fic.

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