One traffic ticket turns into 15 for North Delta driver

What would have been $109 in fines turned into $1,689

A young driver is probably asking himself why he didn’t stop for police, twice, and avoid 15 traffic tickets.

The tickets and points for a 20-year-old Delta man quickly added up after police determined he failed to stop for police twice in a few days’ time.

Since then, police have also seized the man’s Lexus.

The first failure to stop happened Nov. 17 when officers were on patrol on the ramp leading north on the Alex Fraser Bridge.

Officers attempted to stop a dark-coloured Lexus for a possible mechanical violation, police said.

The driver appeared initially to be stopping and then fled from police in a “highly dangerous manner.” The officers wrote down the licence plate number, so did not pursue the vehicle.

Upon preparing the police report, officers noticed that a vehicle with a similar description but a different licence plate had also fled from police at the same location only a few days earlier.

Further investigation showed that both licence plates came back to the same vehicle identification number and registered owner.

After the first incident, the car’s owner had applied to ICBC and obtained new licence plates for the vehicle.

“On both occasions, police officers did not chase this individual. We didn’t want to put the public at risk, so we exercised discretion,” said Sgt. Lorne Lecker. “But that didn’t mean he got away – we have other ways to ensure these type of drivers will face consequences.”

The day after the second incident, offers went to the owner’s home and impounded the car.

The owner was issued 11 tickets, as the driver for the second incident of fleeing from police. The total face value of the issued tickets was $1,689, plus associated points. Four additional tickets, worth $754, were also issued as a result of the original failing-to-stop incident.

Failing to stop and fleeing from a police vehicle is categorized as “street racing,” so the driver also had his licence suspended for 15 days.

Further prohibitions could be possible.

“The driver, who had a valid driver’s licence and insurance, would have been issued a $109 ticket had he stopped as required when directed by the officer,” Lecker said.

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