Multiple reports of near-misses between pedestrians and ATVs lead to charges

Antigonish County District RCMP arrested three people following numerous all-terrain vehicle (ATV) complaints in Antigonish.

On March 16, from 7:42 p.m. to approximately 10:00 p.m., Antigonish County District RCMP officers responded to multiple reports of two ATVs driving aggressively around Antigonish almost hitting pedestrians and vehicles.

Through the investigation, RCMP officers learned that the ATVs were observed riding, without lights on, on the roadway going against traffic, on sidewalks, and in parking lots. Officers attempted to stop the ATVs but the operators failed to stop. A pursuit was not initiated in consideration of public safety.

At approximately 10:15 p.m., officers located the two ATVs as well as a .22 calibre rifle on one of the ATVs outside a residence in Pomquet. The two operators and a passenger were located inside the residence and safely arrested. Their ATVs and the firearm were seized.

One of the operators, a 15-year-old youth of Pomquet, is facing charges of:

  • Flight from Peace Officer;
  • Dangerous Operation;
  • Failure to Comply with Undertaking (two counts);
  • Careless Use of Firearm;
  • Off-Highway Vehicles Act (eight counts);
  • Liquor Control Act (one count).

The other operator, a 17-year-old youth of West River, is facing charges of:

  • Flight from Peace Officer;
  • Dangerous Operation;
  • Off-Highway Vehicles Act (eight counts).

Both youths were released on conditions and will be back in Antigonish Provincial Court on May 15, 2024.

The passenger, a 22-year-old man of Cloverville, is facing charges under the Off-Highway Vehicles Act and Liquor Control Act.

The RCMP would like to thank the public for their assistance and shares on social media.


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