Police investigate possibility driver was impaired by drugs in head-on crash


2021-03-30 15:41 PDT

File # 2021-1186

A Castlegar woman now faces potential criminal impaired driving charges following a head-on motor vehicle collision north of Nelson BC Monday morning.

On March 29, 2021 just after 9:45 a.m., Nelson RCMP was called to a report of a serious two vehicle collision in the 2400-block of Highway 3A on the North Shore. Front line officers responded to the scene alongside BC Emergency Health Services and the local fire department.

Preliminary findings at the scene suggests that a northbound white Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck collided head-on with a southbound black Cadillac Escalade.

The driver of the Cadillac Escalade, a Nelson man in his 70s, received medical treatment at the scene and was transported to hospital by BC Emergency Health Services for additional medical care. Police believe his injuries are non-life threatening in nature.

The driver and sole occupant of the Dodge Ram pickup truck, a 22-year-old Castlegar woman, was also treated at the scene and transported to hospital by BC EHS for a full medical assessment.

Investigators detected signs and symptoms of suspected drug impairment during their interaction with the driver of the Dodge Ram pickup truck. A demand was made, which required the woman to submit to a drug influence evaluation conducted by a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE). She now faces potential criminal charges pending further investigation.

Highway 3 was shut down to allow emergency crews to work and assess the crash scene. It re-opened to alternating traffic just before noon and fully re-opened a short time later.

The investigation into the collision remains is ongoing at this time, being led by the Nelson RCMP, with support from West Kootenay Traffic Services. If you witnessed this crash and have not yet spoken to police you are asked to call the Nelson RCMP at 250-352-2156.

Released by

Cpl. Jesse O'Donaghey

District Advisory NCO (Media Relations)
Southeast District
170-395 Penno Road Kelowna, BC V1X 7W5
Office: 250-491-4317
Cell: 250-869-9578
Fax: 250-491-2381

Email: jesse.odonaghey@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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