A speeding ATV operator on the highway has avoided being caught by a County Peace Officer.
On Thursday, August 23, a County Peace Officer was on routine patrol of Highway #897 heading north between Kitscoty and Marwayne. While driving, the Peace Officer suddenly observed several vehicles, in both lanes of traffic, suddenly stopping, varying to the side of both shoulders, and slamming hard on their brakes. The Peace Officer got closer to see what could cause such odd driving behaviour.
Upon approaching the first pick-up truck, the Peace Officer observed (and captured on in-board mounted dash camera) an off-road vehicle (ATV) driving in and out of both lanes of traffic, cutting off vehicles, and driving in a very unsafe manner.
The Peace Officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop by turning on his emergency lights/siren, the suspect ATV accelerated away at a high rate of speed, in an erratic manner, while further endangering the other users on the roadway. The vehicle fled through an agricultural field and into a forested area. The Peace Officer contacted the RCMP Kitscoty Detachment as other motorist stopped to speak and assist law enforcement.
The RCMP are looking for a dark green ATV with a black bin seat behind the driver. The driver was wearing a blue jacket, white helmet and sunglasses.
“Dangerous driving on a main highway, such as #897, could have had serious consequences,” County Fire Chief Kirk Hughes said.
If you have any information on the identity of this suspect, please contact the RCMP Kitscoty Detachment or the County of Vermilion River Peace Officer Program.