Two men flee af­ter car crashes into pole

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - WEEKEND LOCAL -

A sin­gle-car col­li­sion on Sud­bury Street early Fri­day morn­ing saw two ap­par­ently im­paired male oc­cu­pants of the car flee the scene on foot af­ter dam­ag­ing a util­ity pole and leav­ing the ve­hi­cle smok­ing on a nearby side­walk.

A wit­ness, who was vis­it­ing from Toronto, told The Tele­gram he came out of the home where he is stay­ing af­ter hear­ing the crash just be­fore 1 a.m. The dam­aged car was just me­tres away, with de­bris ly­ing on the road and side­walk.

He said one of the men was try­ing to drive the car away from the scene, but when it didn’t move, he and another man fled on foot to­ward Wa­ter Street. The wit­ness added that both men ap­peared in­tox­i­cated.

He said the Royal New­found­land Con­stab­u­lary ar­rived on the scene quickly, and a K-9 team tried to track the sus­pects. Fire­fight­ers from the St. John’s Re­gional Fire De­part­ment were called to at­tend to the smok­ing ve­hi­cle, and spread ab­sorbent ma­te­rial on leak­ing flu­ids. The Toron­to­nian com­mended the quick re­sponse by the con­stab­u­lary, adding that Toronto po­lice would have taken much longer to ar­rive at a scene such as this one. There was no word about whether any sus­pects had been ap­pre­hended.

A Royal New­found­land Con­stab­u­lary of­fi­cer checks the scene of a col­li­sion early Fri­day morn­ing. KEITH GOSSE/THE TELE­GRAM

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