Castlegar RCMP responded on July 28 to a truck over an embankment on Aaron Road in Ootishenia.
An investigation revealed the driver of a pickup lost control going down Aaron Road. The truck jumped a concrete barricade and crashed through trees down a steep embankment. Once at the bottom, the driver drove the truck through a back yard until he collided with a house on Columbia Road.
The driver then fled down Columbia Road and was apprehended a short distance away with help from the public.The driver was taken to Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital in Trail and treated for minor injuries.
Alcohol and speed are factors in the incident and the investigation was continuing as of the following day.The Castlegar RCMP will be recommending impaired driving charges against the male driver – a 44-year-old Fruitvale resident. He cannot be identified until charges are formally approved.
Corporal Dan Pollock/Cpl. Deb Postnikoff