The driver involved in an incident of dangerous driving on Sunday evening has been identified and charged.
On Sunday, June 11, 2017, members of the Regina Police Service Traffic Safety Unit were conducting laser speed enforcement, monitoring traffic in the southbound lanes of the Ring Road, in a construction zone while there were workers present. At 8:35 p.m., one of the officers heard the roar of an engine coming in the northbound lanes and observed a maroon-coloured Nissan travelling at a very high rate of speed. The officer used his laser equipment (which had been tested at the start of the shift) to record the vehicle’s speed. It’s alleged this vehicle was travelling at 183 km/h in a construction zone, approximately 50 metres per second. It was not feasible for the officer to get into the north-bound lanes to follow and there were no other police units at other points on the Ring Road, so the driver could not be stopped. When last seen, the vehicle was weaving in and out of other north-bound traffic on the Ring Road.
Twenty-six year-old Richard Alexander SMOLEK HARTY (DOB: 08-11-1990) of Regina, was charged with Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle [Sec 249 (1)(a), Criminal Code]. The vehicle, a 2006 Nissan 350z, will be impounded for 30 days, as per SGI legislation. SMOLEK HARTY will make his first appearance on this charge in Provincial Court on July 27, 2017, at 9:30 a.m.