At 12:10 a.m. on Sunday, October 12, an East Division patrol officer came across a single vehicle crash on Prince Albert Road in Dartmouth. A vehicle had seemingly lost control and struck a power pole, causing significant damage to the car as well as the pole. As the officer pulled up to the scene, he observed two women fleeing from the car. He gave chase and subsequently arrested both women. The officer then discovered that a third person had fled the scene into a nearby wooded area. Several units responded to contain the area and a K-9 search was conducted, leading to the arrest of a man who was determined to be the driver of the vehicle. During the course of the investigation, it was learned that one of the two adult women had been ejected from the car. As a precautionary measure, she was taken to hospital, along with the other woman. The driver was not injured. The HRP Accident Investigation Unit attended to examine the scene and conduct an investigation into this matter. Traffic on Prince Albert Road was rerouted overnight but the road has since been reopened. The investigation continues.
UPDATE (as of 4:40 p.m. on Sunday, October 12): The driver of the vehicle, a 37-year-old Dartmouth man, was released from custody this morning without any criminal charges. He was, however, issued a seven-day driving suspension under the Provincial Motor Vehicle Act for having a blood alcohol level between .05 and .08 and was also issued a ticket for driving with a revoked licence. The matter remains under investigation and further charges under the Motor Vehicle Act are possible. The women who were passengers in the car were both released from hospital later this morning.