Speeder passes police, salutes and smilesCBC News Posted: May 31, 2011 7:01 PM ET
Mikhail Dorofeev, in a blue sweatshirt, is escorted from Dartmouth provincial court on Tuesday. (CBC)A 33-year-old Toronto man is facing a series of charges in Nova Scotia after RCMP say he played cat and mouse with a police cruiser responding to an emergency.
Mikhail Dorofeev has been charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and flight from police, as well as several charges under the Nova Scotia Motor Vehicles Act.
On Saturday at approximately 3:50 p.m., an RCMP officer was responding to a call and travelling above the speed limit on Highway 102 with lights and sirens.
RCMP Cpl. Scott MacRae said that officer spotted a grey car travelling in the passing lane, trying to overtake him.
"What was unique to the officer was, 'Well, this isn't normal. Maybe I should slow down. Maybe this car or driver's in distress and I'll check it out and make sure he's OK,'" he said.
The RCMP officer allowed the car to overtake his cruiser.
MacRae said the driver of the grey vehicle did something unusual as he passed the police cruiser.
'He simply just waved at the officer with a salute and smile and took off.'
— Cpl. Scott MacRae"He simply just waved at the officer with a salute and smile and took off at a high rate of speed," he said.
"That piqued the interest of our officer who said, 'OK, something's up, we should conduct a traffic stop.'"
The driver ignored repeated attempts to pull him over. He would pull ahead, then slow down, then roar off again, said RCMP.
When the car's speed increased beyond 150 kilometres per hour, the RCMP officer was instructed to abandon attempts to stop the vehicle because it was unsafe.
The suspect continued speeding on Highway 102.
MacRae said the investigators were able to trace the grey vehicle to a car rental agency and the driver was identified.
On Monday, RCMP in Pictou County spotted the vehicle and arrested Dorofeev.
There are still many unanswered questions, said MacRae.
"The biggest question for the police and probably the public is, why would someone actually want to pass a police car that's responding to an emergency with the lights on?"