RCMP Charge Man Who Fled Twice from Police

On August 14, 2019, Bay Roberts RCMP attempted to initiate a traffic stop with a vehicle in the community of Bay Roberts.

The driver of the vehicle failed to stop for police and fled in his vehicle through the community at a very high rate of speed.

On August 15, 2019, Bay Roberts RCMP attempted to pull over the same driver, who was operating a different vehicle.

Again, the driver fled from police in his vehicle, this time through the parking lot of the Bay Roberts Mall, at a high rate of speed and in a dangerous manner.

In both instances, police did not pursue the vehicle in the interest of public safety.

On August 20, 2019, Bay Roberts RCMP arrested 20-year-old Tyler Barnes of Makinsons. He has been charged under the Criminal Code of Canada with two counts of flight from police and two counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle. He was also charged under the Highway Traffic Act with two counts of operating a vehicle without a valid insurance policy.

Officers have since seized and impounded his vehicle. Barnes was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in Harbour Grace Provincial Court on October 23, 2019.