Seat­belt in­frac­tion prompts dan­ger­ous drive

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA - The Cana­dian Press

MER­RITT, B.C. — A Red Deer, Alta., man who didn’t bother to buckle up is now fac­ing sev­eral charges in south­ern Bri­tish Columbia, and fail­ure to use a seat­belt is the least of his prob­lems. RCMP near Mer­ritt say of­fi­cers tried to pull over a west­bound red Ford pickup last Fri­day be­cause the driver was not wear­ing a seat­belt and ap­peared to have loose cargo in the back of the truck. In­stead the man, ac­com­pa­nied by a fe­male pas­sen­ger, be­gan to drive er­rat­i­cally along High­way 97C, rac­ing through a red light and at­tempt­ing a sharp turn onto the Co­qui­halla High­way ac­cess, be­fore skid­ding off the road. Of­fi­cers say the man and woman tried to run on foot but were quickly ar­rested. The Red Deer res­i­dent, who hasn’t been named, re­mains in cus­tody, charged with var­i­ous of­fences in­clud­ing pos­ses­sion of stolen prop­erty and breach­ing con­di­tions re­lated to charges laid in Al­berta.

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