Man facing string of impaired charges after Leduc RCMP stop wrong way driver

by Nicole Bergot

A 23 yr old man is facing a string of impaired driving charges after the driver of a truck with a trailer heading southbound in the northbound lanes of the QE2 Highway was stopped just after 6 a.m. by Leduc RCMP.

A Leduc RCMP officer spotted the truck around 6:15 a.m. Jan. 1 and when the driver failed to pull over, a brief pursuit ensued, with the officer eventually getting the driver to stop near the shoulder of the median. The truck had been stolen from Edmonton.

Several motorists told police there were a few close calls while the truck was travelling in the wrong lane.

"This situation could very easily have resulted in a fatal collision involving several people, but very fortunately it was resolved with no injury or property damage to the general public, the suspect driver or the police," said Insp. Kevin Kunetzki of the Leduc RCMP detachment.

Jamie Michael Richard Prince of Edmonton is charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, operation of a motor vehicle while impaired, operation of a motor vehicle over .08, possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000 and possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000. He is scheduled to appear in provincial court in Leduc on Jan. 5.