Pleasant Grove man kept in custody after leading police on chase, again

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A Pleasant Grove man who took the RCMP and Charlottetown city police on a brief high-speed chase Wednesday night is being held in custody.

And, it’s not the first time Arthur Roberts, 41, has attempted to evade police.

On Wednesday night, an RCMP officer noticed a vehicle drive by in the Dunstaffnage area. The officer noted that the vehicle was known to be driven by a prohibited driver in the past.

Police followed the vehicle into the Charlottetown area and, with the help of Charlottetown Police Services, attempted to stop the truck they were following.

RCMP Cpl R.C. Gunn said instead of pulling over, Roberts sped down a dead end residential road and continued to drive across snow-covered fields until his vehicle got stuck.

Police were able to take the drive into custody without injury but observed that Roberts showed signs of impairment. An RCMP drug recognition expert tried to test the driver but he refused to co-operate.

On Thursday, Roberts was brought before a justice of the peace in Charlottetown as a result of the history and actions of the day before.

Gunn said it’s not the first time Roberts has taken off on police, pointing to a charge for flight from police in December 2014. That case took place outside Charlottetown.

“That’s why we waited for more officers (this time),’’ Gunn said. “We wanted to have as many police officers, just in case. We didn’t know what was going to happen.’’

Roberts has numerous convictions for driving-related offences.

In this particular case, Roberts faces charges of operating a motor vehicle while prohibited, flight from police, operation of a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs, failure to comply with demands from a drug recognition officer and breach of probation.

Gunn added that of particular concern to police is the fact RCMP officers have nabbed four impaired drivers in Queens County alone since Tuesday. In two of those cases, drivers were impaired by drugs.


Organizations: RCMP, Charlottetown Police Services

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Pleasant Grove, Dunstaffnage Queens

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  • john
    March 12, 2016 - 16:06

    hey this is my uncle an yeah we might have a little crazy side to us... but who wants to go to jail if you can get away....buddy I wish you the best an hope to see yeah when your out... An yeah pleasent grove is bad lol but oo well.. anysways some people have good times different then then should be he messsed up everyone does..... no reasone to send him away for long time.... he dident kill anyone he should only get like a year at max....

    February 20, 2016 - 12:31

    I think they should change their name to Unpleasant Grove. Geez, a community of 6 people and all the crime that goes on there, shootings, assaults, drunken driving escaping police, fleeing police, are all those people related? Is this just one or two families?

  • whoisbobmacdonald
    February 20, 2016 - 11:35

    Obvious racial profiling!!! #FREER2

  • Bob MacDonald
    February 19, 2016 - 20:06

    Jeez - Is there anyone left in Pleasant Grove.

  • sickofhisdrunkdrugsrivingass
    February 19, 2016 - 15:06

    Send him away and throw the key away!!! He will never learn and will never stop and it's only luck he hasn't killed anyone.

  • Josh
    February 19, 2016 - 13:40

    Send this bum to Dorchester, he's obviously enjoying the perks of the PEI Jokestice System