Owner of vehicle ticketed after driver uproots fire hydrant in Saanich

Owner of vehicle ticketed after driver uproots fire hydrant in Saanich
Howie Allan
Saanich crews arrive at the scene of a crash, where a driver fled after uprooting a hydrant, causing water to flow onto the street

The owner of a vehicle involved in a crash that uprooted a fire hydrant has been ticketed by Saanich police Saturday.

Around 8 a.m. Saanich Fire was called to the 3500-block of Richmond Road after water was seen flowing onto the street and a nearby driveway.

When crews arrived they found a hydrant uprooted. Investigators say the driver that was suspected to be responsible for the damage fled the scene in their vehicle.

Police say they were able to later track down the owner of the car, and after not being able to confirm who was driving ticketed them with failure to remain at the scene of a collision.

“It’s a good lesson, because the owner is responsible for the actions of whoever is driving their vehicle,” said Cst. Markus Anastasiades of the Saanich Police.

They say the driver must have hit the hydrant with a significant force to have it ripped from the ground.

Saanich fire says a worker from the municipality quickly arrived to shut the water off. The home that had water flowing into its driveway was not damaged.

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