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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John RCMP investigating after a vehicle was stolen and driven into a power pole knocking out power in a neighbourhood of Fort St. John.

Just before 2 a.m. August 6, the Fort St. John RCMP were notified that a black Ford F-350 had been stolen within the last five minute’s from the 10300 block of 113th avenue.

Police were in the area immediately and spotted the stolen vehicle. According to the RCMP, officers attempted to pull over the vehicle however it fled from police. A few minutes later police again came upon the vehicle and observed it had crashed into a power pole on 112th Ave near 106th Street intersection.

The driver had fled the scene and was not located. “We suspect speed and alcohol were contributing factors to the collision. It’s remarkable that no member of the public was injured as the power pole was almost completely knocked over. Whomever stole this vehicle clearly has no regard for property or public safety” said Cst. SAGGAR of the Fort St John RCMP.

Police would like the Public to be aware that 112th Ave between 105th Street and 106th Street is blocked off while BC Hydro crews are working on restoring the power pole. Approximately 68 customers are affected by the power outage, which should be restored by 9 a.m. Sunday.

The collision knocked out power to this area Sunday morning. – B.C. Hydro

The Fort St John RCMP is requesting anyone who witnessed this incident or has information on who the suspect(s) may be to please come forward and share their knowledge with police. You can report this by calling the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477

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