RCMP Traffic Services arrest two for dangerous driving in FSJ and Hudson’s Hope

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C – RCMP Traffic Services were involved in two dangerous driving arrests on February 25th in …

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C – RCMP Traffic Services were involved in two dangerous driving arrests on February 25th in Fort St. John and Hudson’s Hope.

Officers responded to multiple calls of a grey Chevrolet Cobalt driving dangerously on the Alaska Highway on February 23rd. RCMP says the individual was passing vehicles at high speeds and almost caused several collisions.

Officers attempted to stop the driver after locating him near 255 Road in Baldonnel, BC but the driver fled from officers going towards Fort St. John. Police chose not to pursue the vehicle as a public safety precaution. The vehicle, which was reported stolen, was found abandoned at the Fort St John Walmart and the driver was recorded on video surveillance.

While the lead investigator was reviewing and obtaining the video surveillance footage, the suspect was seen leaving the store wearing the same clothes worn two days prior. Officers arrested a 23-year old Fort Nelson resident at a nearby restaurant. The man was also wanted on outstanding warrants out of Dawson Creek, BC and was already on several court conditions.

Marcus Mearow received five new charges including:

• Dangerous operation of a conveyance 320.13(1) CC
• Flight from police 320.17 CC
• Possession of property obtained by crime over $5000 355(a) CC
• Driving while prohibited 95(1) MVA
• Fail to comply with conditions 145(5)(a) CC

Mearow was released following a bail hearing and was given a future court date.

Later on February 25th, officers were conducting traffic enforcement on Highway 29 near Hudson’s Hope when a vehicle drove away from police. The driver was seen passing vehicles on a blind corner while travelling at high speeds. Another officer working further up the highway was alerted to the vehicle and was able to bring the matter to a safe conclusion.

A 22-year old man, who is known to police, was taken into custody and an initial investigation showed the vehicle was stolen out of Alberta. The vehicle was seized and the driver was released with the following charges:

• Flight from police 320.17 CC
• Possession of property obtained by crime over $5000 355(a) CC
• Excessive speeding 148 MVA
• Unsafe passing 159 MVA
• Drive contrary to conditions L driver 25(15) MVA

The RCMP didn’t release the suspect’s name.

Anyone that spots dangerous driving behaviour is asked to call your local police detachment or 9-1-1.

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