COLD LAKE, Alta. – An Alberta man attempting to run across Canada to raise money for an Edmonton children’s hospital was arrested in Quebec for being on the Trans-Canada Highway.
Cops arrested Curtis Hargrove, of Cold Lake, Alta., on July 2 near the village of Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, about 100 km from Quebec City. Hargrove was arrested for wilfully obstructing the work of a police officer on the highway, said Gregory Gomez, spokesman for Quebec’s provincial police force. But Hargrove said he chose to be arrested for running on the Trans-Canada to “prove a point” because he is “stubborn.”
Despite this, he did not fault the officers involved, saying that they were just “doing their jobs.”
Upon arrest, police took Hargrove and Morgan Seaward, who has been following him in a recreational vehicle, to Quebec City. Hargrove said that while he at the station, he signed a statement saying he would not run on the Trans-Canada Highway. Instead, Hargrove said he plans to run on nearby Route 132, a long road that follows the Trans-Canada and will be able to take him into Ontario to continue his coast-to-coast trip. He has also agreed to a court date on Sept. 21, but said that he will aim to push that court date back to give him time to finish his run.
Gomez said it will be up to a provincial prosecutor to determine whether Hargrove will face charges, and that it would be too early to say what kind of sentence such a charge would entail. Last May, Hargrove began running across Canada to raise funds for the Stollery Children’s Hospital. Beginning in Newfoundland, he has since crossed three provinces in an attempt to raise funds, often running on provincial highways to do so.
I used to live in a small town right off the 132 east of Quebec City. I used to jog in that area. And let me tell you this: I would choose to run on the Trans-Canada highway over the 132 if I could. At least you can see the cars coming at you…