How many driving laws can you break at one time? A man in Ontario seems to have been trying to establish a record – and perhaps he did – when he was arrested near Ignace recently.
Police received reports of a vehicle passing unsafely and speeding. After finding that the car was stolen, officers tried to stop it twice with road spikes, to no avail. Eventually the car was abandoned and the driver tracked down.
According to news reports, the OPP is slapping him with these charges:
- Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle
- Fleeing from the cops
- Possessing stolen property worth over $5,000 (the car, presumably)
- Possessing stolen property worth under $5,000 (maybe there was stuff in the car?)
- Possessing someone else’s ID
- Failure to comply with recognizance (misbehaving while on bail)
- Failure to comply with conditions of undertaking (not appearing in court when required)
- Driving under suspension
- Driving without required ignition interlock
- Having the wrong license plate on car
- Failing to slow down for an emergency vehicle
Some of these are criminal charges, to be dealt with in criminal court. Others are violations of the Highway Traffic Act, and must be dealt with separately.
Obviously the suspect, had a previous DUI and was required to use an ignition interlock, a device which prevents the car from starting if the driver had been drinking. Had he stolen a vehicle that was equipped with an interlock, he’d only be facing 11 charges.
Interestingly enough, the charges don’t include impaired driving. Which only goes to show that while alcohol leads to bad decisions, all bad decisions are not due to alcohol.