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Posted: August 17, 2022

Charges for Alberta man after early morning Sparwood crash

At approximately 1:26 a.m. (August 17), an Elk Valley RCMP officer was completing an investigation near the Recreation Centre in Sparwood when they observed a dark coloured Ram truck run a stop sign along Pine Avenue.

“Members went on patrol to locate the vehicle in the local area. While driving normally along Pine Avenue, an officer came upon a scene which he described upon arrival as seeing “brake lights in the air through the trees,” reported S/Sgt. Svend Nielsen, Elk Valley RCMP Detachment commander.

The initial investigator located a 32-year-old Alberta man getting out of the driver’s side of a Ram truck that was currently sitting on top of two vehicles in a residential driveway with a third vehicle also showing signs of damage from the incident.

There was also some damage to the garage and residence of one home.

Sparwood Fire Rescue was called to the scene to assist.

“Fortunately, there was no one else involved in the collision and there was no one who had been in the residence at the time of the event. The force of the collision appeared to move at least two vehicles from one driveway into the next yard along with the suspect vehicle. The driver refused any medical assistance and appeared to not be injured,” S/Sgt. Nielsen said.

The officer quickly established grounds of impaired driving and arrested the man for that as well as dangerous operation.

The suspect driver was taken to the detachment and provided two breath samples to police for their investigation. All homeowners and registered car owners were contacted and informed of the event. Several witness statements were taken at the scene.

The suspect was later released from custody on documents to appear in Provincial Court in December 2022.

Anyone with information on this event can contact the Elk Valley RCMP at 250-425-6233 to speak with an officer.

“Elk Valley RCMP would like to thank Fire Chief Hill and the team at Sparwood Fire Rescue for their assistance during the event. Our investigation is ongoing,” Nielsen added.


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