Saanich Police say a man has been arrested after crashing into a hydro pole then fleeing the scene.
Shortly after 7:45 a.m. on Friday, officers responded to a single-vehicle collision on Carey Road at Baker Street after a man crashed his vehicle into a hydro pole.
“The collision was so powerful that it snapped and dislodged the base of the hydro pole. This then caused Carey Road to be closed to traffic for most of the day while BC Hydro crews worked to make the area safe again,” Const. Markus Anastasiades, spokesperson for Saanich Police said in a news release.
Police say the man initially stayed on scene to speak with witnesses, but fled before officers arrived.
A driver has been charged for failing to remain on scene after crashing into a hydro pole this morning. He was located by an @ICS_K9 officer several blocks away. This caused Carey Road to be closed for most of the day between Baker St and Judah St. https://t.co/RgsISddfhe pic.twitter.com/yxF2kyROp2
— Saanich Police (@SaanichPolice) April 8, 2022
The 61-year old driver was not injured, and officers were able to find the man several blocks away.
He was arrested for failing to remain at the scene of an accident, and he was transported to the hospital as a precaution, but did not sustain any significant injuries.
At the scene, officers found “substances believed to be drugs, drug paraphernalia and bear spray inside the vehicle.”
Police say charges are being considered for these offences.
The driver was released on an undertaking to appear in court next month.