A rough ride from Cor­ner Brook

Man charged with steal­ing truck, crash­ing it in high-speed pur­suit

The Western Star - - FRONT PAGE - BY GARY KEAN [email protected]­ern­star.com Twit­ter: WS_GaryKean

A Deer Lake man is in cus­tody af­ter tak­ing an al­legedly stolen truck on a tour of the prov­ince.

A man from Deer Lake has been charged af­ter crash­ing an al­legedly stolen truck at a high rate of speed on the prov­ince’s east coast last week.

The truck had ini­tially been re­ported as stolen from the Cor­ner Brook area to the Royal New­found­land Con­stab­u­lary last Thurs­day.

Ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease is­sued Mon­day af­ter­noon by the Royal Cana­dian Mounted Po­lice, the truck was re­ported trav­el­ling east on the Tran­sCanada High­way from Cor­ner Brook Fri­day.

The tuck was ob­served by RCMP units trav­el­ling at speeds in ex­cess of 180 kilo­me­ters per hour and dan­ger­ously pass­ing other traf­fic as it moved from Cor­ner Brook east­ward.

To avoid en­dan­ger­ing the public, po­lice pulled back at times dur­ing the pur­suit be­tween Cor­ner Brook to Clarenvill­e.

Be­tween Deep Bight and Adey­town, the truck passed a marked po­lice car parked on the shoul­der of the high­way at a high rate of speed and struck a guardrail in the west­bound lane.

The truck’s tires be­gan shred­ding and started swerv­ing back and forth across both lanes be­fore los­ing con­trol and rolling the ve­hi­cle twice. The truck ended up in the west­bound ditch.

Ac­cord­ing to Staff-Sgt. Larry Turner, the RCMP’s de­tach­ment com­man­der in Clarenvill­e, po­lice had en­gaged the truck three times in the hour be­fore the crash, which hap­pened at around 4:30 p.m. Fri­day af­ter­noon.

The 31-year-old man driv­ing the truck was ar­rested and charged with dan­ger­ous driv­ing, pos­ses­sion of stolen prop­erty, un­safe stor­age of firearms and dam­age over $5,000. Two un­se­cured firearms were seized from the ve­hi­cle.

Turner said the man, who was re­leased from po­lice cus­tody, was not in­jured in the crash, but was re­turned to hos­pi­tal in Cor­ner Brook.

Turner would not elab­o­rate on why the man was re­quired to re­turn to the hos­pi­tal.

The RNC in Cor­ner Brook con­firmed the truck in­volved was the same one re­ported stolen from Cor­ner Brook last Thurs­day.

Const. Shawna Park, the RNC’s me­dia re­la­tions of­fi­cer in Cor­ner Brook, said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into this mat­ter is on­go­ing and fur­ther charges may be war­ranted.

The man, whose iden­tity was not re­leased, is sched­uled to ap­pear on the charges filed by the RCMP at pro­vin­cial court in Clarenvill­e Oct. 4.


The RCMP said a Deer Lake man driv­ing this stolen truck crashed it near Clarenvill­e af­ter a high-speed chase across New­found­land last Fri­day.

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