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Slow-speed chase leads to arrest in New Westminster

Police arrest impaired driver in rush hour traffic

Rush hour traffic helped New Westminster police arrest a suspected impaired driver after a brief slow-speed chase late Wednesday afternoon.

Someone called 911 around 4:30 p.m. after seeing a 46-year-old man driving erratically near Sixth Avenue and 16th Street. Police tried to pull him over, but the man kept driving - at or below the speed level - for several blocks and even went over a police spike belt, which flattened three of the car's tires. The Air 1 police helicopter monitored the car until about five minutes later when the driver drove into rush hour traffic on Brunette Avenue near Braid Street and police arrested him.

"He just got caught in heavy traffic and at that point the car wasn't able to go anywhere and he was arrested," said Staff Sgt. Neil Collins. "Usually I complain about the heavy traffic, but not today."

Collins said police are recommending impaired driving, flight from police and dangerous driving charges to the Crown.

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