Impaired driver arrested after attempting to flee traffic stop

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Impaired driver arrested after attempting to flee traffic stop

At 2:31 a.m. on December 21, a member of Halifax District RCMP observed a dark coloured SUV with a burnt-out headlight on Sackville Drive. The police officer attempted a traffic stop, however was not able to locate the vehicle after it turned off Sackville Dr.​ A few moments later,​ another RCMP officer​ attempted to​ stop the same vehicle at the intersection of Millwood Dr.​ and Wagner Dr. Just as the vehicle slowed to stop it fled the area, failing to stop at a red traffic light at the intersection of​ Millwood Dr. and Beaverbank Rd. A description of the vehicle was provided to other RCMP officers in the area to keep an eye out for it.

At 2:36 a.m., another RCMP officer observed the same vehicle on its roof on Stokil Dr. As police​ approached the vehicle, the​ male driver ran from the vehicle.​ The police officer pursued him on foot for a short time, then requested backup to contain the area and also requested a police dog and handler for assistance.​

At 3:04 a.m., the K-9 unit had the accused in custody in a wooded area near a home on Haddad Dr. The​ accused was not injured and was taken into custody without incident.​ He was checked by EHS as a precaution, then arrested for Flight from Police, Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle, and Impaired Driving.

He was taken to Lower Sackville Detachment and provided breath samples. He was later released with a court date of February 19, 2020 in Dartmouth Provincial Court. The driver was also served Summary Offence Tickets for the following offences:

  • Fail to stop at stop sign
  • Fail to stop at red light
  • Newly licensed Driver failing to comply with conditions
  • Operate without motor vehicle liability policy
  • Operate unregistered vehicle
  • Fail to have 2 headlamps

The investigation is ongoing.

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