A man faces several charges after driving his ATV through downtown New Glasgow.
New Glasgow Regional Police officers saw a man on an ATV driving recklessly while they were on routine patrol at approximately 12:16 a.m. Friday.
The newly-painted rainbow pride crosswalk near the New Glasgow Square was also damaged with tire marks.
“The four wheel vehicle was travelling the wrong way on one-way streets,” said Const. Ken MacDonald. “The driver who failed to stop for police was eventually arrested on Forbes Street in New Glasgow.”
The suspect will be appear in court in Pictou on Jan. 16.
In a seemingly unrelated incident, New Glasgow police also arrested a 28-year-old-man for impaired driving in the downtown area, less than an hour after the ATV incident. “It’s concerning to us,” MacDonald added.
New Glasgow’s Race-Relation and Anti-Discrimination Committee had asked this summer that the Rainbow Walk be a part of the celebration of diversity during Cultural Days.
“This kind of action and vandalism is disturbing, hurtful and is not reflective of our community,” Mayor Nancy Dicks said, adding that the crosswalk will be repainted immediately.
Dicks called it an “isolated act of vandalism” and added “our community is united on the importance of eliminating discrimination and developing a culture that is inclusive, welcoming and respectful.”