Police are seeking the woman in this video surveillance photo from Capital Power on Orange Point Road.

Charges recommended in gate ramming incident

Video surveillance camera captured image of a woman driving away

An 18-year-old woman faces charges of mischief over $5,000 in connection with a complaint of damage to the gates at Capital Power located at 4400 Orange Point Road on the weekend.

Police said a woman driving a black two-door car deliberately backed into the gates of Capital Power, the former Island Cogeneration facility on Orange Point Road, sometime over the weekend.

On either Saturday, Oct. 11, or Sunday, Oct. 12, a female driving a black two-door car – believed to be a Chevrolet Cavalier or Pontiac Sunfire, with tinted rear windows – purposely backed into the gates, causing upwards of $10,000 damage, RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Poppy Hallam said. Campbell River RCMP received the complaint of damage to the gates at Capital Power on Tuesday.

The driver was caught on video surveillance and there is a clear image of her and she appears to be alone in the vehicle committing the act.

She was described as Caucasian, early 20’s with shoulder-length straight blonde hair and was wearing a dark-coloured hat and a white jacket or top.

The car is distinctive as it has a red and white flag-type sticker in the window on the driver’s side rear window. This sticker is clearly visible in the surveillance video and police were hoping someone would recognize the car and the driver.

A Facebook posting of this www.campbellrivermirror.com story received a massive response – more than 43,000 views – after it was posted on the Campbell River Mirror’s Facebook account Tuesday afternoon. Wednesday morning Campbell River RCMP issued a statement saying the driver had been identified and they are investigating the circumstances. She has been released with a promise to appear in court on Dec. 29.

Police had asked that anyone with any information call Crime Stoppers or the Campbell River RCMP.