Erratic driver caught on camera appears in court

Penticton man facing flight from a peace officer, driving while prohibited and disobeying directions of a flagger.

Screenshot from a video from Transportation B.C. of a driver who maneuvered past flaggers into an avalanche closure on the Trans-Canada Highway west of Revelstoke in December

Screenshot from a video from Transportation B.C. of a driver who maneuvered past flaggers into an avalanche closure on the Trans-Canada Highway west of Revelstoke in December



A man who was arrested after driving past flaggers into an avalanche closure on the Trans-Canada Highway west of Revelstoke in December made a quick appearance at the Penticton courthouse this morning.

Erich Koenig is facing charges of flight from a peace officer, driving while prohibited and disobeying directions of a flagger. He also is facing a breach of probation and failure to appear in Penticton court.

Related: Arrest made after man drives into avalanche zone

Revelstoke RCMP said they were called to the Trans-Canada Highway in Three Valley Gap when a driver ignored flaggers and drove into an area that was closed for avalanche control on  Dec. 30, at 9 a.m.

Police arrived on scene to find a 1998 Pontiac Sunfire that was stopped and contained by a grader and snow plow.

Koenig expressed he wanted to plead guilty to all the charges and be sentenced on Tuesday. However, he admitted to the judge he did not know the full details of the circumstances that he is alleged to have committed. For that reason, the judge ordered he speak with duty counsel in person before moving forward.

Koenig is scheduled to be back in Penticton court on Feb. 1.