From bad to worse for impaired driver who tried to run from cops

A 30-year-old man was taken into custody by Castlegar RCMP after various incidents that began when he crashed a car that didn’t belong to him on Thursday last week.

  • Apr. 6, 2011 2:00 p.m.

A 30-year-old man was taken into custody by Castlegar RCMP after various incidents that began when he crashed a car that didn’t belong to him on Thursday last week.

On March 31 at 3 p.m., police received a call from a passerby who believed there was an impaired driver in the ditch trying to get out of it on Pass Creek Road.

An officer located the driver of the vehicle who appeared to be intoxicated, Sgt. Laurel Mathew said.

The officer placed the man under arrest and while attempting to handcuff him, the man resisted and both men were knocked to the ground. The officer was able to regain control after a brief struggle and secured the man in the backseat of the police car.

“While in the rear seat of the police car, the male began to kick the windows out of the car,” Mathew said. “The bars inside the windows were damaged, and the entire door frame was bent out.”

Once at the detachment, the man refused a breath sample and took off towards the door while being booked into a cell. He didn’t make it far, however, as he ran into the door and injured himself.

He was to remain in custody while awaiting transport to court.

Charges being recommended are impaired driving, refusal to provide a breath sample, assaulting a police officer, mischief, escape of lawful custody and taking an automobile without consent.

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