Hitchhiker picked up by off-duty officer was a wanted man

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A hitchhiker with several warrants for his arrest is now in jail after an off-duty arrested him Tuesday.

CORNER BROOK  An off-duty RCMP officer picked up a hitchhiker on the Trans-Canada Highway east of Deer Lake Tuesday who turned out to be a man who had several outstanding warrants for his arrest.

Some of the warrants dated back to 2006.

After learning the identity of the 43-year-old former Corner Brook resident, the officer arrested the hitchhiker.

The man was transported to the Deer Lake detachment and held overnight. He is scheduled to make an appearance in provincial court in Corner Brook for a bail hearing today.

Organizations: RCMP, Trans-Canada Highway

Geographic location: CORNER BROOK, Deer Lake

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  • Newsreader
    November 28, 2012 - 13:21

    An astute comment, David. People have wondered similarly why so many wars were fought on national park sites, and why tornadoes always hit trailer parks. Oh, David, please don't ever stop. My daily laugh will never be quite the same.

  • Dave Away
    November 28, 2012 - 10:19

    This story underscores my practice of NEVER picking up ANY hitchhikers. You really don't know what kind of trouble you are letting into your car. I recall a story years back from the southwest corner of the province where a hitchhiker, after someone kind enough to stop and grant him a ride, seized control of the car, forced the lone driver into the woods, bound him and stabbed him in the neck, leaving him for dead. I never pick up strangers.

  • david
    November 28, 2012 - 09:17

    Most drivers stopped randomly has thousands in outstanding tickets, a hitchiker picked up by a cop just happens to be a wanted criminal..... is it so hard to find these people using some actual police work, or is eventuially running across them randomly seen as an appropriately efficient way of policing here?