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Police apprehend driver who evaded St. Patrick's Day spot check, abandoned vehicle

22 year-old man charged with careless driving after making dangerous U-turn and fleeing checkpoint
A 22 year-old man has been charged with careless driving after evading a St. Patrick's Day spot check March 17. Police conducted a total of three R.I.D.E checks between Friday night and Saturday morning. File photo.

A 22 year-old man has been charged with careless driving after evading a St. Patrick's Day spot check March 17.

According to a release, the Greater Sudbury Police Traffic Management Unit was conducting a R.I.D.E. (Reducing Impaired Driving Everywhere) check on Bancroft Drive Friday night when an approaching driver made a "dangerous u-turn maneuver" and sped away in the opposite direction.

Police say the suspect then abandoned his vehicle and fled the area on foot.

The man was located by police at a nearby residence a short time later.

In a separate incident, a driver was charged with impaired driving after nearly hitting a uniformed officer crossing a downtown street.

R.I.D.E. checks conducted for St. Patrick's Day

The GSPS Traffic Management Unit set up two R.I.D.E. checks on Friday night — on Bancroft Drive and on Lloyd Street.

Officers checked a total of 368 vehicles and issued one three-day driver's license suspension, five equipment violations, two charges of driving while under suspension, one breach of a court order and the careless driving charge described above.

No charges of impaired driving were laid at either of these two spot checks and no field sobriety tests were given.

This morning, Traffic Management Unit officers conducted a R.I.D.E. check on Brady Street at the Broadway Street on-ramp.

A total of 300 vehicles were checked and one field sobriety test was conducted, but no charges were laid.

The GSPS R.I.D.E. program is aimed at reducing property damage, injuries and death caused by impaired driving.

Police conduct R.I.D.E. checks in locations identified as high-incident or high-complaint areas.

GSPS encourages the public to be on the lookout and to call 9-1-1 if they suspect and impaired driver.

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