This is a case where a father learned a lesson from the example set by his son.
When caught driving when he wasn’t supposed to, a man ran from police and told his 16-year-old son in the passenger seat to do the same.
“The son decided it was a bad idea and just stayed in the vehicle,” Crown attorney Grant Hughes said.
Derek Leonard Chaves, 36, pleaded guilty this week to obstructing a peace officer and driving while disqualified.
On the evening of Sept. 11, city police were parked on the 1900-block of Park Avenue as they scanned plates with a licence plate reader.
They got a hit on a passing 2002 Chrysler Neon, which told them that the registered owner was possibly an unlicensed driver.
As police followed, the driver made a quick turn before he pulled over on the 800-block of 22nd Street.
The driver, Chaves, provided registration but said he forgot his licence at home and that the car belonged to a friend.
He then gave police a false name and birthdate but, suspiciously, hesitated over the middle name and birthdate. When the officer asked Chaves whether the false name he provided was actually his, Chaves insisted it was.
As the officer returned to his police car to run computer checks, Chaves got out of the car and ran.
His son, who remained in the passenger seat, provided police with his dad’s true identity.
He said his dad told him he didn’t want to go to jail and was going to make a run for it, and had advised his son to do the same. The youth declined to flee.
The father later returned to the vehicle where he was arrested.
Chaves was prohibited from driving at the time due to a previous conviction for impaired care and control of a motor vehicle. The one-year ban was to last until July 29 of this year.
Judge Shauna Hewitt-Michta fined Chaves $1,500 and banned him from driving for an additional year.
Chaves appeared in custody in court as he’s pending on other unrelated charges.