Update follows original story
An erratic driver turned the Trans-Canada Highway into a danger zone early Wednesday evening.
The incident began around 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30 in the snow tunnels near the Rogers Pass heading west towards Revelstoke.
According to a witness, who was on the highway at the time of the incident, the male driver began swerving all over the road, going into the ditch and the opposite lane. At one point the driver, who appeared to be under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, swerved into the opposing lane playing a hazardous game of chicken with a semi tractor-trailer.
As the event began to unfold, several cars created a sort-of barricade around the driver, preventing other vehicles from passing and putting themselves in harms way. The man, who the witness said was driving what looked like a 2015 BMW with an Alberta license plate, would drive incredibly slowly, then switch to dangerously high speeds of nearly 200 kilometres per hour.
“We were just waiting for him to crash,” said the witness, who asked to remain anonymous. “It was a difficult situation.”
Witnesses to the man’s erratic driving did call 911. The witness stated the RCMP were waiting on the Trans-Canada Highway near the Hillcrest Hotel. At that point, at about 4:30 p.m., the other vehicles pulled to the side and allowed the RCMP to take over. The RCMP were eventually able to stop the erratic driver. At this time the Mountaineer does not have details about what happened after the RCMP stopped the vehicle.
The Mountaineer reached out to the Revelstoke RCMP for comment, but no one was immediately available.
Update: Friday, Nov. 1
Revelstoke RCMP are looking to identify three individuals who may be able to assist in the erratic driver investigation.
In a statement released by the RCMP on Friday, Nov. 1, Revelstoke RCMP said they received a report of an erratic driver on the Trans-Canada Highway on Oct. 30 around 4 p.m. The caller reported a red BMW with an Alberta license plate was unable to maintain its lane and speeding, which was raising concern of other motorists, said the statement.
Revelstoke RCMP officers located the vehicle near Oak Drive where they attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver unsafely passed two transport trucks and fled from police. The vehicle was located by patrolling officers at the Big Eddy Market, abandoned. The statement said a man from Alberta was seen exiting the store and was arrested for a number of driving offences and possession of a controlled substance.
“We are looking for public assistance in identifying any witnesses that saw the driver and vehicle at the Big Eddy Market around 4:30 p.m. Video footage shows two men walking away from the store and a white truck, believed to be a salvage truck, who may have seen the driver of the Alberta vehicle,” said Revelstoke RCMP Cpl. Mike Esson.
Anyone with information is about the driver or the vehicle is asked to contact the Revelstoke RCMP at 250-837-5255.