Police chase in Quebec

On Wednesday, around 9:45 am, police saw on Highway 40, near the Jean-Gauvin exit, a Toyota Highlander SUV pulling a loaded trailer. The police get the information that the driver, a 53-year-old man, has to drive with an occupational therapist, which is not the case.
The police tried in vain to intercept the vehicle, “but the driver refuses to stop, triggering a police chase lasting 10 to 15 minutes,” says David Poitras, spokesperson for the police service. Quebec City (SPVQ).

While pursued, the suspect drives at high speed and burns traffic lights. On Highway 440, at the Frank-Carrel Street, the police tried to stop the vehicle, but the suspect fled westward.

The fugitive finally stopped his vehicle in an entrance to a private residence on Route 138 in Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures.

He was arrested by the police for escape and dangerous driving. He was scheduled to meet the investigators during the day.

The reasons for this restriction of conduct imposed on the fifties are unknown.

Very temporary requirement

Gino Desrosiers, spokesperson for the Société de l ‘assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ), explained that this is a “very temporary condition […] related to the health of a driver” .

The requirement to drive accompanied by an occupational therapist – or a driving assessor of the SAAQ – can come from a request to review the suspension of a license for health reasons. A doctor can also inform the SAAQ that an important health condition of his patient must be taken into account by the competent authorities, said Mr. Desrosiers.

In both cases, the condition remains until the receipt and analysis of a report from the occupational therapist. “Until we have the report from the occupational therapist, the license is suspended. In the vast majority of cases, people will tell us that they will give up driving themselves because they will have thought about their condition, and that their condition does not allow them to drive safely. ” explained Mr. Desrosiers.

“It’s usually related to the cognitive [faculties], [it can be] a person who starts to have dementia or Alzheimer’s, and the doctor prefers to report it to us for evaluation, “he said. With The Canadian Press

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