Recent police interactions with young drivers have Prince George RCMP issuing a reminder about making safe choices behind the wheel.
On Monday, August 1, shortly after 1:00 a.m., police received a report of a vehicle driving around the area of Second Avenue and George Street, where the occupants were allegedly shooting paintballs at pedestrians. Police officers flooded the area and located the suspect vehicle. The six occupants, all of whom were between the ages of 17 and 20, were arrested by police and paintball guns were located inside the vehicle. The suspects were released pending results of the investigation.
The next evening, on Tuesday, August 2 at 1:30 a.m., officers attempted a traffic stop with a vehicle, which fled from police. A short time later police re-acquired the vehicle on Ospika Boulevard, where it had crashed. Three of the four occupants, all between the ages of 15 and 17 years old, were located outside of the car. Police officers found the unlicensed youth driver at his home later that evening. No one was seriously injured in the incident. Police officers issued a violation ticket to the youth driver, totalling over $700 in fines.
“Prince George RCMP is urging young drivers to make safe choices when in a vehicle, either as the driver or the passenger. Driving should be regarded as a privilege, as it comes with many inherent risks,” said Cpl. Jennifer Cooper, Media Relations Officer for the Prince George RCMP.
Both files have been forwarded to Prince George RCMP’s Restorative Justice Unit.