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

Published on February 19, 2016

RCMP

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.