A driver seen using a cell phone by police is now facing much more serious charges.
Police say the man failed to stop when ordered to do so during a distracted driving enforcement last Friday, and as he sped away, just missed hitting a City bus and another vehicle.
“The suspect vehicle continued to drive erratically through heavy traffic on 32nd Ave, allegedly swerving into on-coming traffic and disobeying traffic lights,” says Cst. Kelly Brett.
The vehicle crashed into a power pole at 43rd Avenue and 27th Street a few minutes later, when the driver tried to flee on foot, but was apprehended.
“The driver, a 21 year old Vernon male, had outstanding warrants out of the Vernon area. He is now facing new charges that could include: dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and flight from police. The male has now been released from police custody to appear in court on a future date,” says Brett.