A man who had been prohibited from driving has been charged after allegedly fleeing a police checkpoint near Amherst on Saturday night.

“A vehicle took the off ramp from the highway, and just before it arrived at the check point, performed a U-turn and got back on the highway,” the RCMP said in a news release.

Mounties located and stopped the vehicle, and determined that the driver was under house arrest and was also driving while prohibited.

“When police demanded a sample of his breath for alcohol screening, the driver failed to comply with the demand,” the police said.

The RCMP arrested the 27-year-old male from Indian Brook and he was remanded into custody.

He faces numerous charges, including:

  • driving while prohibited
  • fail to comply with roadside screening device demand
  • driving motor vehicle without insurance
  • displaying licence plate issued for another vehicle

He was schedule to appear in Amherst Provincial Court on Monday.

Police say there was also an 18-year-old male passenger from Truro in the passenger seat of the vehicle who was charged with possession of cannabis by a person under 19 years of age and illegal possession of liquor.

He was released and is scheduled to appear on March 8 in Amherst Provincial Court.