Harbour Grace man arrested by Harbour Grace RCMP for flight from police

Patrick D Costa

A marked RCMP patrol vehicle is observed with its emergency lights activated on a residential street at night. A tow truck has a car loaded onto its flat bed in front of the patrol vehicle.

On May 5, 2023, Harbour Grace RCMP arrested a 37-year-old suspended driver for fleeing the police.

On Friday evening, just before 8:00 p.m., a Harbour Grace RCMP officer was on patrol when he saw a vehicle traveling at 120 km/h in a 50 km/h zone on Route 70 in the town of Harbour Grace. The driver of the vehicle failed to yield to the police during the officer’s attempt to conduct a traffic stop, and instead sped off down a residential street. The officer did not pursue the vehicle in the interest of public safety.

The officer found the vehicle minutes later on a dead-end street because he was familiar with the area. The man was detained following a traffic stop. Police confirmed that the driver was working an unregistered vehicle without protection and was working the vehicle with a suspended permit, owing more than $7000.00 in fines.

The vehicle was seized and appropriated and, as per capture and delivery methodology, the man was set free from authority. He is scheduled to appear in court at a later time to answer a criminal charge of fleeing the police and a number of Highway Traffic Act charges.

In Newfoundland and Labrador, the RCMP NL continues to carry out its responsibilities to safeguard public safety, uphold the law, and guarantee the provision of priority policing services.

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