Man facing multiple charges after speeding

Nelson, BC Highway Patrol, Traffic Patrol, Road Safety Unit

2022-05-30 08:43 PDT

File # 2301-2022-2295

As police officers with BC Highway Patrol throughout the Province wrap up a month long campaign in May targeting high risk driving, a local man caught for driving almost 40 kilometers over the posted speed limit is now facing multiple charges. On May 19, 2022, during the busy afternoon commute, a police officer with the BC Highway Patrol Integrated Road Safety Unit (IRSU) clocked a driver doing almost 40 kph over the posted limit on Highway 3A between Nelson and Castlegar. After getting in behind the vehicle and activating lights and siren, the speeding driver pulled over onto the shoulder and into the ditch, but kept driving at speed. The police officer was able to head the driver off and get the vehicle stopped. The speeding investigation took a turn when the police officer noted significant symptoms of impairment due to drug use. The driver was arrested for impaired driving after failing a standardized field sobriety test and then decided to provide a false name. As the police officer continued to investigate, he quickly determined that the driver was not being truthful about the name. Eventually, the true identity of the driver, a 54 year old man from Crescent Valley, was determined after locating identification in the vehicle.

As it turned out, the driver had multiple warrants for his arrest (unlawfully at large, prohibited driving, obstruct peace officer, fail to comply with probation, breach undertaking, and several firearms offences) from multiple jurisdictions, had an invalid driver’s license, was prohibited from driving, and was in possession of a controlled substance. The driver was held overnight to be brought before the court on the outstanding arrest warrants. He was eventually released by the court and his next court appearance is June 21, 2022

As a bonus, a new police officer with Nelson Police Department was doing a rotation with the Integrated Road Safety Unit during the field-training component of her training and was able to apply newly acquired skills to help keep our roads safe. I am extremely thankful this driver was removed from our roadways before he or someone else was seriously injured. Even though the High Risk Driving campaign is coming to a close, we are always looking for drivers that put other people at significant risk, said RCMP Inspector Chad Badry, the officer in charge of BC Highway Patrol for the Kootenay region.

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Insp. Chad Badry

OIC Kootenay Highway Patrol
BC Highway Patrol
1010 Second Street, Nelson, BC V1L 6A2
Office: 250-354-5146
Fax: 250-354-5126

Email: chad.badry@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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