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Head-on crash in Delta involving suspected drunk driver leaves child seriously hurt

Last Updated Jan 20, 2020 at 12:06 pm PDT

(Delta Police Department)

A child was seriously hurt in a crash involving a suspected drunk driver in Delta on Tuesday

The driver was arrested and police say they are pursuing impaired driving charges

Delta police say they pulled several impaired drivers off the road that same week

DELTA (NEWS 1130) – A head-on crash in Delta last week left a child seriously hurt, and police believe it was caused by an impaired driver.

Delta police say they arrested the driver of the car that smashed into the one carrying a family of three in it on River Road in Delta on Tuesday night.

The driver wasn’t seriously hurt, and neither were the child’s parents.

“It is completely unacceptable,” Cris Leykauf with the Delta Police Department says. “Now a young child has paid the price for someone’s selfish choice that they made.”

The day before the crash, Delta police shared on social media that they had confronted several drunk drivers off the road over the span of a week.

“Our officers had taken nine drunk drivers off the road on the weekend and an additional six impaired drivers earlier that week,” Leykauf explained.

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#Share this post to help us spread the word. If you follow us on Facebook, you know that each Monday we post an update on how many impaired drivers DPD pulled off the roads that weekend (JUST the weekend). Last week we shared that we had taken 9 impaired drivers off the road…unfortunately, the very next day a young child was seriously injured by a suspected impaired driver. We have said it time and time again that driving while impaired is one of the most selfish thing you can do. This message clearly isn't getting through to the selfish drivers who are getting behind the wheel of their vehicles while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. So – we're asking you to read the #NewsRelease (link in bio) and the next time you're at a dinner party or out with friends, and you think that your friend or family member is impaired, that you think of this family, and the other families who have lost loved ones because of an impaired driver. Take their keys away, and help them find another way home. #DeltaPoliceDepartment #DPD #ToServeAndProtect #Delta #DontDrinkAndDrive #ThinBlueLine #RegramThis

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The child hurt in Tuesday’s crash was released from the hospital over the weekend, and is now recovering at home.

The investigation is ongoing but Delta police say they are pursuing impaired driving charges.

-With files from Mike Lloyd