A black Ford pickup truck was involved in a single motor vehicle collision on Oct. 27, which resulted in a light standard on the corner of McKay and Sloan Ave. being knocked down. (Photo: K-J Millar/The Northern View)

A black Ford pickup truck was involved in a single motor vehicle collision on Oct. 27, which resulted in a light standard on the corner of McKay and Sloan Ave. being knocked down. (Photo: K-J Millar/The Northern View)

UPDATED: Man arrested after single-vehicle shears off light standard

Witness reports excessive speed, a spin-out, driver fled on foot

UPDATED:

A suspect in a single motor vehicle collision that sheared off a lamppost on Oct. 27, has been arrested and charged with multiple offences, Prince Rupert RCMP stated, on Oct. 28.

Witnesses at the scene reported a black Ford, low riding pickup truck was travelling at excessive speed eastbound on Sloan Ave., when the driver swerved to miss a parked car. The driver overcorrected, spun 180 degrees knocking over the street light standard where the truck came to a stop across McKay St. Witnesses said the male driver fled the scene on foot.

“We located the suspect on Smithers St. where we placed him under arrest for impaired operation. We were able to locate him very quickly because the witnesses on the scene provided us with a great description and also his direction of travel,” Const. Brody Hemrich told The Northern View.

The suspect now faces charges of impaired operation of a vehicle, obstruction to a police officer and dangerous operation of a vehicle.

“Cracking down on impaired driving is a priority of the Prince Rupert RCMP. It is very fortunate that this event ended with no one injured as the results could have been much worse,” Hemrich said. “The quick response by our front line officers, combined with the help of our witnesses, on the scene helped us locate our suspect quickly.”

Original:

A single motor vehicle collision resulted in a shorn-off lamp post, just before 10:15 p.m. on Oct. 27, at the corner of McKay and Sloan Ave. and had RCMP and Prince Rupert Fire Rescue attending.

Witnesses at the scene reported a black Ford, low riding pickup truck was travelling at excessive speed eastbound on Sloan Ave. when the river swerved to miss a parked car. The driver overcorrected, spun 180 degrees knocking over the street light standard where it came to a stop across McKay St. Witnesses said the male driver fled the scene on foot.

The Northern View has reached out to the RCMP for comment.

 

A single motor vehicle collision, just after 10:15 p.m. on Oct. 27, knocked down a light standard. Prince Rupert Fire Rescue and RCMP attended the scene. (Photo: K-J Millar/The Northern View)

A single motor vehicle collision, just after 10:15 p.m. on Oct. 27, knocked down a light standard. Prince Rupert Fire Rescue and RCMP attended the scene. (Photo: K-J Millar/The Northern View)