Charges laid after vehicle flees RCMP checkpoint near Amherst

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A 27-year-old man from Indian Brook is facing a number of charges after police say he fled a checkpoint on Highway 104 in Amherst.

The RCMP say a vehicle took the off ramp from the highway around 10 p.m. on Saturday, but made a U-turn and got back onto the highway just before it arrived at the checkpoint.

Officers located and stopped the vehicle, and police say they determined the man was in violation of his court-ordered house arrest and was also driving while prohibited.

The RCMP say the man also refused to submit a breath sample for alcohol screening.

He's charged with driving while prohibited, failure to comply with roadside screening device demand, driving without insurance, and displaying a licence plate issued to another vehicle.

An 18-year-old man from Truro, who was a passenger in the vehicle, is charged with possession of cannabis by a person under 19 and illegal possession of alcohol.