File photo of a Sûréte du Quebec patrol car. (Photo: Tara Kirkpatrick)

Police lead on short chase by youth on ATV

Shortly before 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 15, Quebec provincial police officers pursued a young man who was driving an ATV on Rue des Érables, in Brownsburg-Chatham. The off-road vehicle was not plated to drive on city roads and he did not have a license, police say.

The driver, police say, was a minor from Brownsburg-Chatham. They say after he spotted police, he fled in the opposite direction. Police pursued the ATV which became bogged down in a field near Saint-Francois Street.

“He got stuck in the snow and then tried running through the deep snow. He didn’t get very far,” said Sûréte du Quebec spokesperson Sergeant Marc Tessier.

The driver of the ATV was arrested for a variety of charges, including Highway Safety Code violations. As a minor, the maximum charge for each fine is $100 plus applicable fees. The minor was issued four such tickets.

He was later released from police custody on a promise to appear before the court at a later date. The young man is expected to face charges for dangerous driving, driving a vehicle not authorized to be on public roads, operating a vehicle without a driver’s license and for crossing a double line. He also faces additional charges for illegal possession of cannabis.

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