A 19-year-old man who is accused going over 160 km/h near Brandon on Thursday was allegedly clocked going the same speed a short time later near Virden.
After being caught twice in one day along the Trans-Canada Highway, the man is facing a criminal dangerous driving charge and his 1999 Lexus has been impounded for 72 hours.
While the man is scheduled to appear in court in March to find out if he’ll still have a driver’s licence, the only way cops can suspend a licence at the side of the road is if impaired driving charges were being laid, according to RCMP Staff Sgt. Mike Zens.
“The only way under these circumstances the licence would be suspended is through the courts,” he said.
In the first instance, the hasty driving was first reported to police in the Portage la Prairie area, but members weren’t able to catch up to him. Just before 10 a.m., Brandon Mounties finally pulled over the westbound 1999 Lexus near Camp Hughes just east of Brandon and the man from Schoenwiese — about 30 kilometres southwest of Altona — was charged with careless driving and speeding.
But after the second offence, the driver crossed over from a provincial Highway Traffic Act infraction to a Criminal Code offence.
“You look at a lot of the factors, road conditions, how much traffic is on the highway, what exactly was the nature of his driving and you look at the totality of the circumstances and generally that will dictate as to whether or not you look at a Highway Traffic Act fine or if it’s crossing into the spectrum of a criminal code offence of dangerous driving,” Zens said.
Zens said the highway conditions on Thursday morning were good.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition January 25, 2014