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A Marystown man has been charged with impaired driving after fleeing from police on the Burin Peninsula early Tuesday morning.

The RCMP say they attempted to stop a vehicle with a burned out tail light. The vehicle sped away when police activated their siren and emergency lights. The vehicle turned onto a dead-end side road and officers later found it parked in a driveway.

Police say the 32-year-old driver showed signs of drug impairment. The man was arrested and issued a blood demand. A sample was taken at the Burin Peninsula Health Centre. Officers later found cannabis inside the vehicle after obtaining a search warrant.

The man now faces charges of impaired driving, flight from police, and dangerous operation of a vehicle. He also faces charges under the Federal Cannabis Act and the Provincial Highway Traffic Act.

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The man had his licence suspended and his vehicle impounded. He will be back in court Jan. 15.

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