The early afternoon of Wednesday July 24th turned out to be an extremely busy one for members of the NWPD Patrol and Traffic Sections, as they responded to two significant motor vehicle collisions.
The first occurred at about 2:20 PM when NWPD members were dispatched to a report of an erratic driver in the area of the 1400 block of Edinburgh Street. This report was quickly updated to a hit and run involving several vehicles with information that the driver was attempting to flee while being chased on foot by witnesses. The male was located shortly after police arrival, in a semi-conscious state on the front lawn of a residence in the 800 block of 14th Street, at which time he was taken into custody. The male was then taken to a local area hospital for medical treatment as it was believed he was suffering from a medical problem complicated by the improper consumption of a controlled substance. It was also determined that the male had struck and damaged a telephone pole as well as seven parked vehicles before abandoning his vehicle.
The second collision occurred about a half hour later while NWPD members were still investigating the first incident. A southbound motorcyclist was attempting to turn left (eastbound) onto 10th Avenue from Cumberland Street when he collided with a northbound vehicle. This male was also transported to a local area hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.
While the exact cause of both of these collisions remains under investigation, the NWPD want to take this opportunity to remind the public to be careful driving at this time of year. Even with good weather and road conditions, momentary inattention can turn an easily avoidable incident into a significant collision involving serious injury or worse.
And while impaired driving by alcohol gets the bulk of attention, the consumption of illicit or prescription drugs can also have a significant impact on a person’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. The NWPD want to remind persons consuming medications to ensure they are well aware of any adverse affects the drug may have on their ability to drive.