Suspect in Nanaimo hit-and-run arrested for impaired driving

Nanaimo RCMP arrested a 34-year-old man for impaired driving Monday after a hit-and-run crash on the Nanaimo Parkway.

Police said the crash happened about 7:15 p.m. just north of the Mostar Road intersection when a Toyota Corolla was hit from behind by a Ford Ranger. The 18-year-old woman driving the Corolla sustained non-life-threatening injuries and her 19-year-old passenger was unhurt.

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Officers determined the Corolla was northbound when it was struck by the Ranger. From several witness accounts, it appears the driver of the Ranger was trying to cut in behind the Corolla but instead hit its rear end, causing it to spin out of control.

The Corolla was destroyed and had to be towed from the scene.

The Ranger drove away, but a police investigation led them to a Lantzville home where the suspect and his vehicle were located.

He failed two breath tests and was arrested for impaired driving, and given a 90-day driving prohibition. He also received violation tickets for failing to remain at the scene of a motor-vehicle incident and driving without consideration, and had his vehicle seized for 30 days.

He was not injured but his truck had minor front-end damage.

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