Jail time for man who attempted to flee police

A call about a possible impaired driver led to a four-month jail sentence for the driver and charges for two other people.

A call about a possible impaired driver led to a four-month jail sentence for the driver and charges for two other people.

Earlier this month, a concerned citizen called police about a suspected impaired driver of a rental car. North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP officers went out to investigate, but when they found the driver, he took off.

The man had parked, but when police confronted him just before 10 p.m. on March 6, he jumped back in the car and drove away.

Police found him soon after at a residence he wasn’t supposed to be in.

Ryan James Snow, 26, was taken into custody and charged with being unlawfully in a dwelling house, failing to comply with recognizance, and possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000. He was sentenced to four months in jail.

After Snow crashed the car, two female passengers fled on foot and were tracked down by police dogs. Donna Dafoe, 39, and Alyshia Quigley, 25, are also facing charges of being unlawfully in a dwelling house.

The police expressed their gratitude to the initial caller who reported the impaired driver.

“We appreciate when the public are engaged in helping the police solve crimes,” Cpl. Krista Hobday said. “We thank them for their commitment to assist us in keeping our communities safe.”