**** RCMP Media Release
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.