Van drives into Dollar Store

Cranbrook resident facing charges for impaired driving; RCMP searching for witnesses.

  • Jul. 20, 2016 6:00 a.m.
A Cranbrook resident has been charged with drunk driving after crashing through the front of the Dollar Store by Save-On Foods.

A Cranbrook resident has been charged with drunk driving after crashing through the front of the Dollar Store by Save-On Foods.

A van driven by a Cranbrook local drove through the window front of the Dollar Store located at the Sobey’s stripe mall in Tuesday afternoon.

Cranbrook RCMP were called to a motor vehicle collision at the Dollar Store located at the 400 block of Victoria Ave N, Cranbrook just after 3:52 p.m.  BC Ambulance Service and the Cranbrook Fire Department attended as well.

The RCMP arrived to find a minivan had been driven through the door and window and was embedded 5 meters into the store.

Two store employees were near the entrance and both required medical attention.  One employee was clipped by the van, while the other had window glass shards sprayed all over her hands and face.

A local Cranbrook resident is charged under section 253(1)(a) of the Criminal Code for operating a vehicle while impaired by alcohol.  Another charge under section 254(5) of the Criminal Code for failure to provide a breath sample.

This is still under investigation and if anyone witnessed the event or events that led up to the accident is asked to contact the Cranbrook RCMP.