Saskatchewan Government Insurance and the Saskatoon Police Service have a traffic safety initiative partnership called "Operation Overdrive," where Police Officers set up a check-stop aimed at detecting Impaired & Suspended Drivers as well as other Criminal and Provincial Statute violations that become apparent during the operation.
The operations usually run for a duration of approximately four hours and may vary in location anywhere within Saskatoon.
On the evening of Saturday, April 25th, at approximately 10:30 PM, an Overdrive was in operation on the Lorne Avenue exit of the Freeway, just north of 8th Street East.
A 20 year old male driver who was being waved into the check-stop failed to obey the officer's directions and drove up on the curb nearly missing him, and three other officers. The driver failed to stop, continuing south on Lorne Avenue, then turning east onto 7th Street where he abandoned his vehicle and fled on foot. He was apprehended by one of the officers at the scene moments later in a residential backyard.
The male faces Criminal charges of Impaired Driving, Driving Over .08, Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Fail to Stop for Police, Drive While Disqualified and two counts of Breach of Probation. He additionally is charged under the Traffic Safety Act for Disobeying the Direction of a Police Officer, and his vehicle was impounded for 30 days. He will appear before a Justice tomorrow to answer to these charges.
Approximately 150 vehicles were checked during tonight's Overdrive where a total of 15 drivers who had been drinking were tested using a Roadside Screening Device. These tests resulted in 2 twenty-four hour driver's license suspensions and two other Traffic Safety Act violations.