Summerside police arrest teen after vehicle breaks down

TC Media
Published on February 5, 2016
Summerside police

A teenaged driver who fled police and led them on a short pursuit through the city late Thursday night was caught after his vehicle broke down.

Just before midnight, Summerside police received a call of a possible impaired driver in the parking lot of a Granville Street restaurant. Several callers reported that the occupants of the vehicle were throwing beer bottles at other cars and that the vehicle was squealing its tires. 

Police located and attempted to stop the vehicle, but it fled at a high rate of speed. 

A short pursuit followed but was terminated by police due to dangerous conditions. 

But, as the pursuit ended, the suspect vehicle slowed significantly, allowing officers to approach the vehicle as it broke down on South Drive.

The driver, an 18-year-old Tignish man, was arrested at the scene, and later provided breath samples in excess of the legal limit. 

He will appear in court at a later date to answer to charges of flight from police, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and impaired driving.