ST. CATHARINES – Niagara Regional Police officers looking for impaired drivers narrowly escaped injury Sunday night when a driver lost control of his van and slid into the RIDE checkpoint they were operating.
At 11:50 p.m., officers set up a RIDE checkpoint on Ontario Street at the QEW overpass in St. Catharines.
Police say a male driver approached the checkpoint at a “high rate of speed” operating a Pontiac Montana van.
As he approached, he locked his brakes and losing control of the van.
The van spun 180 degrees as it entered the RIDE checkpoint, striking numerous cones and narrowly missing two police cruisers and four officers.
The male driver was arrested and charged with dangerous driving and driving while under suspension.
The RIDE blitz was held in conjunction with Sunday’s Super Bowl game.
More than 300 vehicles were stopped.
Officers conducted 11 roadside screening tests, resulting in one person being charged with being over the legal limit of blood alcohol.
One person charged after refusing to provide a breath sample.