Driver crashes into Canadian Tire; 3 vehicles impounded Sunday: Port Alberni RCMP

Driver crashes into Canadian Tire; 3 vehicles impounded Sunday: Port Alberni RCMP
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Port Alberni RCMP respond to a vehicle driven into the front of Canadian Tire in the 3500 block of Johnston Street.

It was a busy night for Port Alberni RCMP on Sunday, with four traffic reports resulting in three vehicles being impounded.

The first happened on Stamp Avenue, where an officer saw a vehicle travelling 97 km/h in a 50 km/h zone, according to Mounties.

The vehicle was stopped, the driver was issued a fine for excessive speed, and the vehicle was impounded for seven days.

At the same time, front-line officers were called to a vehicle that was driven into the front of the Canadian Tire, located in the 3500 block of Johnston Street.

Officers performed a Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST) on the driver, a man in his 20s, who performed poorly.

The man was arrested for impaired driving, and police took a sample of his blood for testing at the RCMP lab. The driver was served a driving prohibition, and the vehicle was impounded. He will speak in court in 2024.

Mere minutes after that incident, officers arrived at another collision in the 3100 block of 9th Avenue, where it was reported a driver had struck a parked vehicle.

Through investigation, police believed the driver was impaired by alcohol and conducted an on-scene blood alcohol test, which the driver failed.

The woman in her 40s was issued a 90-day driving prohibition, and her vehicle was impounded for 30 days. She also faces administrative fines through ICBC.

Within 30 minutes of the previous incidents, RCMP say police were called to a pedestrian collision where a driver hit a woman on the Redford Street extension.

Investigators were told the suspect vehicle fled the scene and did not check on the female. Witnesses believed two drivers may have known each other as they left the scene together.

The suspect vehicle is described as a smaller car that was being followed by a white SUV.

The victim was treated by paramedics and taken to hospital with minor injuries. The woman was released from hospital several hours later.

Anyone with information on this collision is asked to call Port Alberni RCMP.

“It is extremely concerning to see this behaviour from so many drivers in such a short period of time,” Cst. Richard Johns said. “Impaired driving laws are nothing new, if you have consumed liquor, cannabis, or other recreational drugs, do not get behind the wheel.”


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