PRINCE GEORGE, BC: Recent police interactions with young drivers have Prince George RCMP issuing a reminder about making safe choices behind the wheel.
On Monday, August 1, 2022, shortly after 1:00 AM, officers received a report of a vehicle driving around the area of 2nd Avenue and George Street, where the occupants were allegedly shooting paintballs at pedestrians.
Officers attended the area and located the suspect vehicle. The six occupants, all of whom were between the ages of 17 and 20, were arrested by police and paintball guns were located inside the vehicle. The suspects were released pending results of the investigation.
On Tuesday, August 2 at 1:30 AM, officers attempted a traffic stop with a vehicle, which then fled from police. A short time later police spotted the same vehicle on Ospika Boulevard, where it crashed. Three of the four occupants, all between the ages of 15 and 17, were located outside of the vehicle. Police officers found the unlicensed youth driver at his home later that evening. Thankfully, no one was seriously injured in the incident.
A minivan suffered serious damage following a single vehicle crash on Ospika Blvd on August 2, 2022. A teen with no licence to drive was handed a hefty fine. PG RCMP photo.
Police officers issued a violation ticket to the youth driver, totaling over $700 in fines.
“Prince George RCMP is urging young drivers to make safe choices when in a vehicle, either as the driver or the passenger. Driving should be regarded as a privilege, as it comes with many inherent risks,” states Cpl. Jennifer Cooper, Media Relations Officer for the Prince George RCMP.
Both files have been forwarded to Prince George RCMP’s Restorative Justice Unit.