Lawn man charged with multiple offences following collision and dash cam video of near miss head-on collision

July 9, 2021
Marystown, Newfoundland and Labrador

News release

Forty-three-year-old Peter Joseph Flannigan of Lawn is charged with a number of offences following an investigation conducted by Burin Peninsula RCMP into a motor-vehicle collision and a number of near-miss head-on collisions that occurred on July 7, 2021.

At approximately 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Burin Peninsula RCMP received a report of a motor vehicle collision on Route 220. A truck, travelling in the oncoming lane of travel, struck another vehicle and departed the scene.

Officers attended the scene and learned that immediately prior to this collision, several other motorists were forced to take evasion actions to avoid a collision with the oncoming truck.

One of those near miss head-on collisions was captured on a dash cam and the video was shared with police. The vehicle that captured the dash cam footage was side-swiped by the oncoming truck and the lone occupant received minor injuries.

Police located the driver, Peter Flannigan, who provided officers with a false identity, and the vehicle a short time later.

Flannigan is charged with the following offences:

  • Dangerous operation of motor vehicle causing injury (Criminal Code of Canada)
  • Obstruction of a peace officer (Criminal Code of Canada)
  • Driving while suspended (Highway Traffic Act)
  • Passing when unsafe to do so (Highway Traffic Act)
  • Crossing a centre line (Highway Traffic Act)
  • Failing to identify himself following a collision where he was the driver (Highway Traffic Act)

The investigation is continuing.


Contact information

Corporal Jolene Garland
Media Relations Officer

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