Suspected drunk driver flees accident scene, citizens help police track suspect hiding in backyard

| July 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

Intersection of John Laurie Blvd. and 14 St. N.W., scene of the hit and run

A hit and run driver suspected of being under the influence of alcohol led Calgary police officers on a chase through North Haven backyards early Saturday morning before finally being discovered hiding near a residence.

 

Approximately 40 minutes after midnight Saturday a car with two occupants was struck by a Dodge Ram pickup truck at John Laurie Boulevard and 14 St. N.W. The driver of the offending vehicle fled the scene, rendering no aid to the victims in the car.

The female victim suffered critical injuries and is currently in hospital and has been upgraded to serious but stable condition. The male victim suffered minor injuries.

A short time following the collision, an off-duty police officer noticed the truck being driven with fresh damage. He contacted the District Sergeant and continued to follow the vehicle while directing marked units to the location.

Once marked units came on scene, the offender bailed out of the vehicle and fled on foot into the darkness in the community of North Haven. Police quickly contained the area. As the offender attempted to elude officers by running through the yards, numerous citizens contacted police his location.

With the assistance of the HAWC helicopter the offender was spotted attempting to hide in a residential area. The offender, a 23-year old male, was subsequently taken into custody by Canine and patrol officers without incident.

The Calgary Police Traffic section is continuing the investigation and charges are pending. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in this collision.

Anyone who witnessed any portion of this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers anonymously using any of the following methods:

TALK: 1-800-222-8477

TYPE: tttTIPS.com

TEXT: tttTIPS to 274637

 

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