Assistance from the Public Results in the Apprehension of Impaired Hit and Run Driver

October 5, 2017
York, Prince Edward Island

News release

On the evening of September 22nd, Queens District RCMP were called to a hit and run in the York area.

A car occupied by a father and daughter were hit from behind, and as a result, their vehicle left the road and came to rest on its side in a ditch. The Queens District RCMP, North Shore Fire Department, and EMS attended to the scene and the occupants were treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The vehicle that hit the car sustained extensive damage but fled from the collision scene.

A driver in another vehicle witnessed the collision and followed the suspect vehicle for approximately 10 kms before it pulled over and subsequently backed into a ditch.

The driver who followed the vehicle advised the RCMP on its location. Thanks to the witness's assistance, the Queens District RCMP were able to quickly locate the suspect and arrest him for impaired driving. The driver was transported to the Maypoint RCMP Office where he provided breath samples that were more than twice the legal limit.

As a result, a 21 year old St. Catherines man is facing charges of impaired driving and failing to remain at the scene of an accident.

Impaired Driving continues to be a serious issue on Island roadways. The RCMP encourages all Islanders to report any incidents of suspected impaired driving.


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