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Driver faces charges following intentional crash on Hwy 97…

PRINCE GEORGE, BC: A Prince George man has been arrested following a dispute that ended in a vehicle crash on Hwy 97 in Tuesday…

Police say just before noon on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, officers responded to multiple 9-1-1 calls reporting a two vehicle collision and disturbance on Highway 97 at Houghtaling Road. 

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Witnesses reported that a car had “t-boned” a full size pickup truck and continued to push the truck across three lanes of highway and over the curb, leading to a physical fight between drivers.

Police in the area immediately attended the scene immediately. Upon arrival, the driver of the car was attempting to walk away from the scene, but was arrested. 

The investigation has led officers to believe that the incident is a result of a dispute between both drivers and are known to each other. Evidence and witness accounts indicate that the driver of the car had deliberately crashed into the pickup, pushing it off the highway onto the curb. The truck was occupied by an adult male driver and an adult female passenger. A number of vehicles traveling on the highway at the time had to abruptly brake to avoid being apart of the incident.

The BC Prosecution Service has approved a Criminal Code charge of Dangerous Driving against 39 year-old Brandon James PETERS, of Prince George. 

PETERS was held overnight for virtual court, where he was released on strict conditions including no contact with the occupants of the other vehicle. He is scheduled to appear in court again on August 5, 2020. 

In addition to the Dangerous Driving charge, a High-risk Driving report will be forwarded to the Superintendent of Motor Vehicle for consideration of a driving licence prohibition. The Special Investigation Unit at ICBC will also be advised about the circumstances of this collision.

“This matter is still under investigation and further charges are possible” says Cpl. Craig Douglass, spokesperson for the Prince George RCMP.  “Our Municipal Traffic Services Section are seeking any witnesses or dash camera footage of the two vehicles operating prior to the collision.  Anyone that can assist is asked to contact the Detachment at 250-561-3300.”

The drivers were not injured, however the female passenger received minor injuries. Drugs including alcohol are not believed to have been a factor in this incident. Traffic was affected for a number of hours as investigators gathered evidence and cleared the scene.

If you have any information about this Criminal offence, please contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300

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