Coquitlam Mounties are looking for witnesses relating to a crash last week that involved an alleged repeated drunk driver.
Police were called to an area near Lougheed Highway in Port Coquitlam on Thursday, June 14, after a car travelling eastbound on a stretch of the road plowed into three different vehicles stopped at a red light at Shaughnessy Street.
The driver attempted to flee on foot, but was arrested by an off-duty Port Moody police officer. The driver was charged with impaired driving, failing to remain at the scene of an accident and prohibited driving.
No one was injured in the incident.
Police note the driver has a long history of impaired driving and was a prohibited driver at the time of the accident.
The name of the man was not released.
Mounties thanked the witnesses who stayed at the scene, and suggested the information provided was instrumental in getting charges approved.
However, investigators are considering additional charges and are asking any witnesses to the crash, or anyone who can provide witness evidence regarding the suspect's driving prior to the collision, to call Coquitlam RCMP at 604-945-1550.
The car itself is a 1993 four-door grey Honda Civic.
Cops collar suspected car thief
A suspected thief involved in a police pursuit and car jacking in Coquitlam found out the hard way he couldn't avoid the long arm of the law for long.
The potentially dangerous chain of events began when Coquitlam Mounties were called to a report of a robbery in the early morning of June 15 at the 7-Eleven on Guildford Way.
The suspect fled in a vehicle, but was quickly spotted by an officer and a chase ensued.
However, the pursuit was called off over concerns for public safety.
The vehicle was later found abandoned not far from the scene of the robbery.
Another officer on patrol spotted a cab in the vicinity, and had a hunch the suspect was in the passenger seat.
When the Mountie pulled over the cab, the taxi driver got out, but the alleged robber took over the wheel and sped away from police.
The suspect eventually lost control of the cab, crashing into a chain-link fence.
He was quickly arrested at the scene.
Surrey resident James Lopert, 26, was arrested for two counts of robbery, causing a police pursuit and for an outstanding warrant for a federal parole violation.
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