Grand Falls Wind­sor res­i­dent helps nab im­paired driv­ing sus­pect in Lewis­porte

The Pilot - - Front Page - BY PA­TRICK MUR­PHY Pa­trick.Mur­phy@ad­ve­tis­ernl.ca

LEWIS­PORTE, NL – Megan Moores may not be a po­lice of­fi­cer, but she did par­tic­i­pate in her first ar­rest this past week­end in Lewis­porte.

Af­ter leav­ing the Mus­sel Bed Soiree con­cert, the Grand Fall­sWind­sor res­i­dent no­ticed some­thing seemed wrong with a truck driv­ing in front of her mother’s ve­hi­cle. The blue Toy­ota truck was mov­ing er­rat­i­cally and at var­ied speeds, Moores says she was im­me­di­ately con­cerned the driver could be im­paired.

“He would go about 20 kilo­me­tres per hour, then when my Mom would beep the horn he’d speed up,” Moores told the Pi­lot. “He was swerv­ing all over the road and up over the curb a cou­ple of times.”

Al­ready on her cell phone with the RCMP to re­port the driver, Moores says at first she had no in­ten­tion of get­ting any more in­volved in the sit­u­a­tion. How­ever, an­other trip over the curb by the op­er­a­tor of the blue Toy­ota, nar­rowly miss­ing a group of pedes­tri­ans, changed her mind.

“He was re­ally close to hit­ting them,” said Moores. “I asked her (the dis­patch of­fi­cer) could I do a cit­i­zens ar­rest, and she put me on hold to check.”

Be­fore the of­fi­cer on the phone could come back to the call, Moores says the truck pulled into a res­tau­rant park­ing lot and en­tered the drive-thru, in the wrong di­rec­tion. That’s when Moores sprang into ac­tion.

“At this point he was go­ing slow enough I knew if I had too, I could jump into his ve­hi­cle,” said Moores. “So I ran up and yelled at him to stop his ve­hi­cle, so he looked at me re­ally weird and tried to keep go­ing, so I reached for the door han­dle and he sped up”

Moores says she then slapped the side of the ve­hi­cle and again yelled at the driver, telling him to stop the truck as po­lice were on the way.

At this point Moores says the driver com­plied and waited for po­lice to ar­rive. The sus­pected im­paired driver was then taken into cus­tody and brought to the lo­cal de­tach­ment for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Moores says at no point was she fear­ful for her own safety, and that her concern for oth­ers would have over­ruled any per­sonal con­cerns.

Sgt. Ray Jul­lien of the Lewis­porte RCMP de­tach­ment con­firmed the de­tails of the ac­count. He said the driver of the ve­hi­cle was remanded into cus­tody for the night and was re­leased in the morn­ing with a prom­ise to ap­pear in court.

SAMAN­THA GAR­DINER/THE AD­VER­TISER

Megan Moores helped RCMP of­fi­cers in Lewis­porte nab a sus­pected drunk driver over the week­end in Lewis­porte.

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