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Impaired driver causes power outage in Vanderhoof

Resident did not have power from 2:00 am until 3:17 am

When most of Vanderhoof was asleep last night, a drunk driver hit a power pole on Highway 16 near J&S restaurant causing loss of power to residents.

On September 19, at approximately 2:04 am, Vanderhoof RCMP received the report that a car had hit a power pole next to the restaurant. The driver of the vehicle tried to escape, Sgt. Rodney Guthrie said, adding the suspect was found to be impaired and was arrested shortly after.

The collision damaged the power pole and caused power outages to residents who live north-east-west of Highway 16 and south of Victoria Street. Power was restored by 3:37 am, states the BC Hydro website.

The driver was checked over in the hospital and brought to the detachment after where he provided breath samples.

He had over 80 Mg’s of alcohol in his blood, Guthrie said.

The 34-year old from Vanderhoof has been released with a court date and is facing charges of Operating a motor vehicle while being impaired.

Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to call the Vanderhoof RCMP at 250-567-2222.

READ MORE: Power restored to 120,000 customers after northern B.C. transmission failure

Aman Parhar
Editor, Vanderhoof Omineca Express


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