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Mother delivers son to police after officer nearly hit by son's speeding car

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Fleeing Thursday's police scene — and nearly hitting an officer — earned a south Cowichan youth a dangerous-driving charge, a ticket, an impounded car and a court date, police say.

Shawnigan Lake RCMP Cpl. Jason Kerr says the dangerous incident happened at about 9 p.m. after officers answered a report of youths partying in the rock-quarry off Cobble Hill's Thain Road

"When officers arrived in the area, they located a vehicle in the ditch.

"An officer remained with the vehicle while the others patrolled to locate the vehicle's occupants," Kerr says.

Officers saw a white car driving up Thain toward the reported party site.

"When the car approached the officer who had remained with the vehicle in the ditch, the officer signaled for the car to stop, including yelling at the driver to stop through his open window as the car passed the officer."

But the car didn't stop.

The officer returned to her police car, started its emergency equipment, and caught up to the car farther down Thain Road where the suspect's car pulled over and stopped, Kerr said.

The driver said he hadn't stopped because he couldn't hear the officer over loud music in his car, Kerr explained.

The suspect was identified as a 17-year-old male from Shawnigan Lake, who was the car's registered owner, and sole occupant. He had a class-seven driver's licence.

Then things got nasty.

Told he was to be prohibited from driving, Kerr described, the male became upset and tried to grab his driver's licence from the officer.

"When this attempt failed, the male sped off, crossing the road and almost colliding with a tree.

"The driver then did a U-turn to face in the direction of the officer, who was returning to her police car."

The cop realized she hadn't time to get into her vehicle, and started toward the cruiser's passenger side.

"As the officer passed the front of the police car, the suspect car passed the police car at approximately 50 to 60 kilometres per hour — less then a foot from the driver's side of the police vehicle," Kerr said.

The suspect's car fled the scene and was seen, by following officers, southbound on Shawnigan Lake Road.

It then went left onto Renfrew Road, toward the driver's residence.

Mounties found the car abandoned in woods on the property.

Folks at home confirmed the car had arrived home at a high speed, and was driven into the woods, Kerr explained.

The dog squad didn't find the driver despite a three-hour search of some four kilometres around the home.

Police spoke with the driver's mother, who lives at the residence. She said she'd bring her son to the detachment when he showed up at home.

At around 2 a.m. the driver showed at Shawnigan's detachment, accompanied by his mom.

He was arrested for dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

After being served a driving-prohibition notice, a ticket, and having his ride impounded, the teen was released on a promise to appear in court Nov. 22. Kerr said.

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