Multiple charges after car hits hydro pole

RCMP arrest 22-year-old after car hits BC Hydro pole, two suspects flee scene.

Multiple charges under the Motor Vehicle Act were laid against a Cranbrook man, who fled the scene of an accident after hitting a BC Hydro pole out near Wycliffe on May 5.

RCMP investigated the accident scene at the intersection of Wycliffe Park Rd and Perry Creek Rd after receiving a report that a red car had struck the pole, with two occupants fleeing on foot.

Cranbrook members, along with Kimberley RCMP and East Kootenay Traffic Services contained the scene until Police Dog Services arrived, tracking the two suspects to a cliff where the two Cranbrook men—a 22-year-old and a 29 year-old—were located and arrested.

Initially, the RCMP believed the car was stolen after contacting the registered owner, however, it was determined that the 29-year-old man actually owned the car.

The 22-year-old man was assessed by BC Ambulance Service and taken to hospital. RCMP have laid multiple charges, including Fail to Remain at the Scene and Driving without a Drivers License.

The 22-year-old man was released from hospital without injuries, however, the 29-year-old was kept overnight with non life-threatening injuries.