Off-duty RCMP officer offers hitchhiker a ride, then arrests him

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A hitchhiker’s destination changed quickly when he accepted a ride Tuesday east of Deer Lake on the Trans-Canada Highway.

An off-duty RCMP officer stopped to offer the 43-year-old man a ride. After learning the man’s identity, the off-duty officer realized the man was wanted on several outstanding warrants on matters dating back to 2006. He arrested him.

The hitchhiker, a former resident of Corner Brook, was transported by Deer Lake RCMP to the Deer Lake detachment where he was held in custody overnight.

He is scheduled for a bail hearing in provincial court in Corner Brook today.

Organizations: RCMP, Trans-Canada Highway.An

Geographic location: Deer Lake, Corner Brook

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  • Dan
    November 28, 2012 - 12:54

    Note to criminals, the RCMP always get their "man"! hahahahaa way to go officer!

  • Seems Odd
    November 28, 2012 - 11:33

    Why on earth would you pick up a hitchhiker in this day and age? Glad the criminal was caught but in these times I would not think it safe to pick anyone up, police officer or not. Risky business.

  • ha ha ha
    November 28, 2012 - 10:26

    and this is news? you got to be kidding us. so what he picked up a hitch-hiker and then arrested him, but have you ever considered that maybe while he was doing that a real crime happened. WHATS THE BIG DEAL !

  • fognl
    November 28, 2012 - 09:57

    So, an RCMP officer assisted with someone who was in the process of violating part of the Highway Traffic Act of Newfoundland and Labrador? Hitchhiking, or, soliciting a ride is illegal under section 128.3 of the HTA. It doesn't appear the officier picked him up for this, but lucked into the fact he was wanted for other things.

    • Stephen
      November 28, 2012 - 12:09

      Section 128 of the HTA deals with people using sidewalks and Section 128.3 states that no one shall "be on a roadway for the purpose of soliciting a ride". Roadway is defined in the HTA as: ""roadway" means the portion of a highway that is improved, designed or ordinarily used for vehicular traffic, but does not include the shoulder unless the shoulder is paved..." So , a hitchhiker on the shoulder of the highway is not in violation of Section 128.3 HTA (as he is not "on a roadway"). Nice try FOGNL but a little more knowledge (or research) of the law is required before you make assinine comments.

    • Brad
      November 28, 2012 - 12:26


    • fognl
      November 28, 2012 - 13:00

      So, there are no paved shoulders on the TCH near Deer Lake? Also, a quick google search turns up an article from last year based on a story out of Deer Lake: with a quote from an RCMP officer stating that its not usually enforce, implying that it is illegal.

    • Mark
      November 28, 2012 - 14:30

      Even when you were shown to be wrong you still want to try to make this a blackeye for the cop... Some people need to get a life.

  • Catherine
    November 28, 2012 - 09:54

    LOL. That's awesome. Good job officer!

  • SD
    November 28, 2012 - 09:52

    Don't ya just love stories like this.

  • t
    November 28, 2012 - 09:11

    well played, officer