Cell phone use leads police on chase

Suspect taken into custody after pursuit through Vernon

It took some time, but Vernon RCMP finally got their man.

A police officer wound up in a prolonged chase after observing a man using a cell phone while behind the wheel of a car Aug. 16.

“He didn’t make things easy for the officer,” said Gord Molendyk, detachment spokesperson.

The incident began at about 11 p.m. when an officer noticed the driver of an Audi talking on his cell phone while westbound on 32nd Avenue.

The vehicle was pulled over just west of 34th Street but while the officer was contacting dispatch, the motorist took off down 32nd Avenue and then turned southbound on 35th Street.

It then came to a stop at the Schubert Centre.

“Our officer was able to pull in behind the vehicle and observed the male take off westbound on 30th Avenue,” said Molendyk.

“He found the driver on foot on 30th Avenue near 40th Street. The driver again took off when our member pulled up and activated his emergency lights.”

The case then continued through an alley and some yards before the suspect was apprehended.

It was discovered that the 19-year-old Vernon man was prohibited from driving.

He is facing charges of flight from police, obstruction under the Criminal Code and driving while prohibited. He is expected to appear in court Oct. 4.

The suspect was issued a violation ticket for using a cell phone while driving.