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Tailgating A Police Officer Nets Driver 30 Day Suspension

By Adam Riley Nov 14, 2022 | 12:38 PM

While it is never wise to tailgate, tailgating a police vehicle in winter road conditions is just plain crazy.

But one 20-year-old Thunder Bay man had to learn the hard way after doing so this weekend.

The incident occurred when an unmarked Thunder Bay Police Traffic Unit was on routine patrol on Broadway Avenue just before 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

The officer noticed the vehicle behind him was travelling closely behind him.

After pulling over at Prokops Road to perform some speed enforcement, the driver of the tailgating vehicle accelerated and passed the officer. This was his undoing as the officer was able to confirm their speed with his Lidar unit, which was already active for the speed enforcement, and clocked the motorist at 118 km/h. The posted limit for Broadway Avenue is 50 km/h.

In addition to a speeding ticket and stunt driving. They also failed to produce a valid permit and current proof of insurance.

The very fancy car, which also came equipped with an extra loud exhaust system and eye-catching spoiler, was unceremoniously towed to the impound yard. Where it will stay for 14 days in accordance with the stunt-driving charge.

The 20-year-old’s drivers licence was also suspended for 30 days.



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