Reported dangerous driver crashes vehicle in Clarke’s Beach, NFLD, flees on foot and is located by RCMP Police Service Dog Kaos

Bay Roberts, Newfoundland and Labrador – Following the report of a dangerous driver in Clarke’s Beach yesterday, 34-year-old Mark Bartlett, of Marysvale, was arrested by Bay Roberts RCMP after crashing a vehicle. He is charged with multiple criminal offences.

Shortly after 4:00 p.m. on Monday, police received reports of a dangerous driver in Clarke’s Beach. The described vehicle pulled out and passed several motorists at a high rate of speed, lost control and collided with a concrete barrier in a construction zone. Occupants of the vehicle then fled on foot.

RCMP officers and Police Dog Services attended the scene. RCMP Police Service Dog (PSD) Kaos tracked the driver, Bartlett, through a number of residential properties in Clarke’s Beach. He was found hiding in some bushes near the playground. PSD Kaos also located a discarded backpack. Further search of the back pack revealed items consistent with possession for the purpose of drug trafficking, including quantities of cash, a white powdered substance (suspected cocaine) and various prescription pills, as well as numerous cell phones. The remaining occupants were also located.

A heavily damaged gold color 2010 model Subaru Outback sits in a garage at the Bay Roberts RCMP detachment.
A heavily damaged gold color 2010 model Subaru Outback sits in a garage at the Bay Roberts RCMP detachment.
A heavily damaged gold color 2010 model Subaru Outback sits in a garage at the Bay Roberts RCMP detachment.
A heavily damaged gold color 2010 model Subaru Outback sits in a garage at the Bay Roberts RCMP detachment.
Seized items are displayed in plastic exhibit bags on a round wooden table. Items include cash in denominations of $5, $10, $20 and $50 bills, four bottles of pills, seven bags of various pills, a bag of white powder (suspected cocaine), five cell phones, drug paraphernalia and a grey Reebok back pack.
Seized items are displayed in plastic exhibit bags on a round wooden table. Items include cash in denominations of $5, $10, $20 and $50 bills, four bottles of pills, seven bags of various pills, a bag of white powder (suspected cocaine), five cell phones, drug paraphernalia and a grey Reebok back pack.

The vehicle was seized and is being held as part of the investigation.

Bartlett attends court today and is charged with the following criminal offences:

Dangerous operation of motor vehicle

Prohibited operation of a motor vehicle

Obstructing a police officer

Possession of a controlled substance

Failing to comply with conditions of a court release order

Bay Roberts RCMP is looking for any witnesses or surveillance footage leading up to the crash which involved a 2010 gold colored 4-door Subaru Outback. The investigation is continuing.

Those with information are asked to contact the detachment at 709-786-2118 or, to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers: #SayItHere 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), visit www.nlcrimestoppers.com or use the P3Tips app.

Bay Roberts RCMP

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