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Impaired driving charge laid in three-vehicle collision

A witness chased the driver who had fled on foot and provided RCMP with updates on their location.
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St. Albert RCMP cruisers at headquarters station. FILE PHOTO/St. Albert Gazette

The driver of a Dodge Durango is facing impaired driving charges following a three-vehicle collision at the intersection of St. Vital Ave. and St. Albert Trail.

St. Albert RCMP said in a media release Tuesday that on May 2, the driver rear-ended a Toyota Camry northbound on St. Albert Trail, which then struck a Ford Focus. RCMP responded to the collision around 7:30 a.m. that day.

The Camry and Durango sustained extensive damage and were inoperable. 

RCMP did not name the driver of the Durango, who is scheduled to appear in St. Albert Provincial Court on June 14. The driver faces charges of impaired driving causing bodily harm, refusing to comply with a demand, and failing to remain at the scene of a collision.

The driver fled the scene on foot, but a witness who was not involved in the collision followed them and provided police with updates on their whereabouts, actions that earned the thanks of the RCMP. Officers located and arrested the driver without incident.

The driver and passenger of the Camry were transported to hospital by ground ambulance with unknown injuries. The driver of the Focus did not sustain any known injuries.