Campbell River RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a driver that fled the scene after striking a cyclist on Alder Street.

Impaired driver runs head on into Campbell River RCMP cruiser

All the police dispatcher heard early Monday morning on a 911 call was yelling on an open line and then the caller hanging up.

The dispatcher was able to find a general area where the call came from and police attended immediately.

The constable patrolling down Spit Road noticed a vehicle driving slowly. The constable activated his emergency lights, the suspect vehicle turned and drove straight towards the police cruiser. Unsure as to what the driver’s intentions were, the constable came to a stop and the driver crashed head on into his cruiser.

The constable got out of the vehicle and went to check on the driver. There were no injuries to the driver or the constable.

“During the constables interaction with the driver he detected signs of impairment by alcohol,” said Const. Sara Clark, Campbell River RCMP media relations officer. “As a result, the breath demand was read and the driver was taken back to the police detachment where the driver provided a sample that was over two times the legal limit.”

Further investigation revealed that the original 911 call was in connection with the impaired female. The female driver, a resident of Campbell River, was later released on a promise to appear for impaired driving charges.

The matter is now before the courts.

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