A 43-year-old woman is facing numerous charges, including impaired driving by drug, after allegedly crashing into two vehicles before landing her truck in a ditch directly in front of the city’s police station.
An officer with the Thunder Bay Police Service noticed a dark-coloured GMC pickup truck travelling at a high rate of speed on James Street just before 8:30 a.m. on Friday. Police say the truck blew a red light at the intersection of James Street and Redwood Avenue, nearly striking a crossing guard.
The officer activated the police cruiser’s lights and siren to try to stop the driver of the truck. However, the driver continued northbound on James Street at a high rate of speed. The truck’s rate of speed became a concern to the officer, who then discontinued the pursuit in the interest of public safety, said police.
Shortly thereafter, the truck was involved in a minor collision with a white SUV at the intersection of Balmoral and Hewitson streets. Police say the truck fled the scene and then collided with a blue Honda Civic at the intersection of Balmoral Street and Central Avenue.
“The force of this collision was quite severe,” said traffic Sgt. Gordon Snyder. “It caused the Honda Civic to spin out in the intersection, causing extensive damage.”
The truck then continued northbound until landing in the ditch in front of the police station.
The female driver was arrested shortly after and charged with impaired driving by drug, dangerous driving, flight from police and failing to stop at the scene of an accident.
The lone occupant of the Honda Civic was taken to the hospital for minor injuries and has since been released.
“This was an extremely dangerous situation,” said Snyder. “The driver of this pickup truck was charged with impaired driving with drug. The extreme danger our community was in from this driver as she was driving across our city was extraordinary.”
Snyder said the police service’s main concern is public safety and reminded drivers they have the tools and ability to investigate impaired driving infractions, including those by drug.
“We’re going to continue to be out there doing that,” he said.
The area of Balmoral Street at Central Avenue was closed for most of Friday as officers conducted their investigation and cleared the debris from the collision from the roadway. The street re-opened at around 4 p.m.
Anyone with any information concerning this incident can contact Snyder at 684-1276. The investigation is ongoing.