Sus­pected im­paired motorcyclist flees RCMP on Bot­wood high­way

The Pilot - - News - Pa­trick.Mur­phy@ad­ver­tis­

The month of Septem­ber be­gan in high gear for RCMP of­fi­cers in cen­tral with a po­lice pur­suit of a sus­pected drunk driver in North­ern Arm.

Of­fi­cers from the RCMP Grand Falls-Wind­sor de­tach­ment re­sponded to a re­port of im­paired motorcyclist with a pas­sen­ger driv­ing on the Bot­wood high­way in North­ern Arm Sept. 1.

RCMP spot­ted the mo­tor­cy­cle a short time later in Bot­wood as the ve­hi­cle was turn­ing on to the Bot­wood high­way. When an RCMP mem­ber at­tempted to ini­ti­ate traf­fic stop the mo­tor­cy­cle driver re­fused to pull over.

Of­fi­cers pur­sued the sus­pect for roughly two kilo­me­tres on Route 350. The po­lice re­port stated the pur­suit reached speeds be­tween 50-60 km/h be­fore po­lice passed the mo­tor­cy­cle, Of­fi­cers then pulled some dis­tance front of the ve­hi­cle to con­tinue ef­forts to sig­nal the driver to stop. Again the driver re­fused to com­ply with of­fi­cers.

As the sus­pect ve­hi­cle ap- proached 13 Mile Crossing in Bishop’s Falls, another RCMP mem­ber parked on the shoul­der of the road to sig­nal for the driver to pull over. Ig­nor­ing the of­fi­cers, the mo­tor­cy­cle turned on to the T- rail­way, which in­ter­sects Rte. 350 at the lo­ca­tion, and headed south to­wards Bishop’s Falls with po­lice again in pur­suit.

The driver fi­nally stopped the mo­tor­cy­cle al­most a kilo­me­ter on the trail as other po­lice ve­hi­cles were re­spond­ing.

The driver of the mo­tor­cy­cle was im­me­di­ately ar­rested for flight from po­lice and was also de­ter­mined to be im­paired, and was sub­se­quently brought to Grand Falls-Wind­sor De­tach­ment to com­plete a breath test, blow­ing 2 1/2 times the le­gal limit. The driver’s mo­tor­cy­cle was also seized.

Charges against the 36-yearold man from Pleas­antview in­clude im­paired op­er­a­tion, driv­ing with more than 80 mg of al­co­hol, flight from po­lice, driv­ing with­out valid driv­ers li­cense, op­er­a­tion of an un­reg­is­tered ve­hi­cle and op­er­a­tion of an unin­sured ve­hi­cle. The sus­pect was held “un­til sober” and will be ap­pear­ing in court on Nov. 29, 2017.

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