Police find suspected drunk driver hiding in bushes after Rockland crash

Woman left pinned inside passenger area of damaged truck

A 20-year-old Edmonton man is in custody and an 18-year-old woman is in hospital with broken bones resulting from a crash in the Rockland neighbourhood early Wednesday.

The Nissan pickup truck crashed into a tree Wednesday around 2 a.m. in the 1700-block of Rockland Ave. The driver fled the scene, leaving the woman pinned between the crushed engine and passenger seat. Police tracked the driver using a K-9 unit and found him hiding in some bushes several blocks away.

Residents heard the injured passenger’s calls for help and notified authorities. She suffered a broken ankle, femur and pelvis and was taken to hospital, said VicPD spokesman Mike Tucker.

“Fortunately she will recover, but this situation could have been much worse,” Tucker said.

The driver faces charges of impaired driving causing bodily harm, leaving the scene of a collision and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

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