Alleged hit-and-run driver caught in New Westminster

A Nissan involved in a head-on collision that caused minor injuries at the Surrey end of the Pattullo Bridge on July 31 ended up in the parking lot at Queen's Park, where the driver was apprehended for a breathalyzer test, according to New West police.

The Nissan's driver, a 36-year-old Delta resident, was taken to the New West police station, where his alcohol levels tested four times the legal limit. He may be facing charges of impaired driving, police say.

A detective from New West's major crimes section was in the park just after mid-day Sunday when he saw the beaten-up Nissan pull into the parking lot.

According to police, the Nissan's front end was severely damaged and the front wheel was running on metal against the pavement. Just as the detective was about to approach the vehicle, the police radio announced that a similarly damaged vehicle had fled the scene of a head-on collision at the south end of the Pattullo Bridge.

A Surrey RCMP spokesperson told the NewsLeader that their detachment got a call at 1:30 p.m. Sunday about a driver who lost control mid-span on the Pattullo and struck a vehicle, which spun out of control and hit a third vehicle.

The driver of the Nissan that started the multiple-vehicle collision continued to veer onto oncoming traffic before leaving the scene, according to Surrey RCMP.

The driver of the first car he struck suffered minor injuries, but no one else was hurt, RCMP said.

New West Police remind the public to watch for impaired drivers on the road and to plan for a safe ride home if they plan to drink.



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