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Two arrested following head-on collision with semi-truck near Chase

RCMP Traffic Services
March 02, 2020 - 7:44 AM

A man and a woman are in police custody this morning after colliding with a semi-truck near Chase,  following a series of alleged dangerous driving infractions.

An RCMP officer attempted just after 3 a.m. March 1 to stop a suspected impaired driver on the Trans Canada HIghway near Chase. When the driver failed to stop, the officer pulled over and radioed nearby units to assist in locating the vehicle.

"A second Chase RCMP officer located the vehicle near Shuswap Avenue and the TCH where he observed the driver allegedly swerving all over the roadway, over the shoulder and into the oncoming lane, at speeds in excess of 140 km/hr," Staff Sgt. Janelle Shoihet said in a press release.

"Recognizing the possible risk to other motorists, the officer activated his emergency equipment in an attempt to stop the vehicle and alert any on-coming traffic."

The vehicle disappeared around a 90-degree bend in the roadway, soon thereafter Chase RCMP officers discovered the vehicle had collided head-on with an on-coming semi-truck.

Upon police arrival the driver and passenger of the suspect vehicle were already out and attempting to flee on foot. The semi-truck driver was uninjured.

A 30-year-old woman from Abbotsford, was arrested at the scene and a 33-year-old man from Prince George was arrested nearby with assistance from a police service dog. The woman is expected to be released from custody with a future court date, while the man is expected to appear in court tomorrow. No charges have been laid.

"We are thankful that the semi-truck driver, our officers or any other members of the public were not injured as a result of this driver's blatant disregard to anyone's safety," Staff Sgt.  Shoihet said.

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