Chilliwack driver tries to bolt after hitting pedestrian

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Witnesses caught and detained a driver who hit a pedestrian in Chilliwack early Sunday morning and then tried to flee the scene, according to Chilliwack RCMP.

Police say the 49-year-old's red Mazda Miata collided with the pedestrian and then plowed into the Baker Newby office building on Kipp Avenue at about 1:20 a.m.

The pedestrian sustained non- life threatening injuries and was transported to hospital, and the office building sustained approximately $20,000 damage.

Witnesses apprehended the driver and held him until police arrived.

The driver was taken into custody for an impaired investigation, as alcohol was believed to be a factor.

A drunk driving charge is now pending.

“We are fortunate that no one was seriously hurt in this incident,” RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Len vanNieuwenhuizen said in a press release. “This should serve as a reminder that impaired driving is still very much a public safety concern with very dire consequences.”


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