Officer uses police cruiser to block runaway vehicle near Nanoose Bay

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A quick-thinking highway patrol officer managed to use his own police cruiser to block a vehicle with no working brakes.

The officer was conducting speed enforcement on Highway 19 near Nanoose Bay on Aug. 21 when he saw a vehicle speeding 125 km/hr through the 90 km/h zone. 

“The car drove past the officer, who immediately noticed that the driver had a stressed look on her face and had both hands off the steering wheel, gesturing wildly,” reads a media release by Cpl. Mike Halskov, media relations officer for BC Highway Patrol.

The officer manoeuvred his car in front of the speeding vehicle and, after several attempts to communicate his intentions to the driver, used it to bring the vehicle to a stop without any injuries or damage, according to the release.

The driver, a 33-year-old woman who police said initially provided a false name, was already prohibited from driving and had outstanding arrest warrants. She was also handed a three-day immediate roadside prohibition after providing a mandatory roadside breath test.

Police discovered the vehicle, a 1999 Ford Escort, did not belong to the woman and was not insured. The licence plates did not belong to the car or the driver. The vehicle had no working brakes and was reported driving through several red lights in Nanaimo earlier.

BC Highway Patrol in Parksville said it continues to investigate the incident. The woman was served numerous tickets and released from custody on an appearance notice for a future court date in Nanaimo. The vehicle was impounded.

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