April 02, 2013 - 11:46 AM
Vernon RCMP attempting to stop a driver for distracted driving found themselves engaged in a foot chase yesterday afternoon.
Just after 1 p.m. April 1, officers noticed the 25-year-old driver of a white Chevy Cavalier with a cell phone up to his ear. Preparing to pull the driver over, officers maneuvered their squad car behind the Chevy and began following as the vehicle, travelling north on 27th Street, turned right onto 39th Avenue.
Police turned on their emergency lights just as the car was coming to Pleasant Valley Road expecting the driver of the Cavalier to stop, but the car accelerated, blowing past three other cars stopped at the intersection of PV Road before making a hard left and striking a stopped pickup truck.
Mounties recorded the licence plate of the fleeing Cavalier and found the owner's address. When they arrived at the Mt. Beaven Court area home, they say the man was attempting to remove the license plate from the rear of his car. Officers told him he was under arrest and the suspect ran into the home and out the back door.
Officers chased the man on foot and he was taken into custody in the 600 block of Browne Road when he attempted escape by climbing under a parked vehicle.
The suspect is expected to face numerous charges under the Motor Vehicles act in court June 6. He was released from custody on a promise to attend.
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