Spike belt used to stop erratic driver

Speeding Quesnel driver refused to pull over for RCMP

RCMP had to use a spike belt on Highway 97 near Clinton to stop a Quesnel driver who had ignored several orders to stop and was endangering the lives of construction workers.

Police received several complaints about an erratic southbound vehicle on June 27 at 4 p.m. One of the complaints was from the 100 Mile House RCMP detachment after member had attempted to stop the vehicle but stopped pursuing due to the dangerous speeds the male suspect was travelling at.

The complaints, which were called in from southern points on the highway as the driver sped through, indicated that the vehicle was being operated erratically, travelling at excessive speeds, and had endangered the lives of several highway workers as it sped through a construction zone.

The vehicle was relocated by Central Interior Traffic Services officers at the 59 Mile Cafe and a spike belt was laid across the highway, as the driver continued to refuse to pull over. The tires were deflated and the driver and vehicle ended up in the ditch.

A 41-year-old Quesnel man was arrested and turned over to 100 Mile House RCMP for tickets that included excessive speed and vehicle impoundment. Police say alcohol consumption was involved.