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Hit-and-run sparks small wildfire in Lytton: RCMP

Last Updated Aug 2, 2020 at 10:45 pm PDT

(Tom Ross/NEWS 1130)

A man fleeing the scene of a crash knocked over a hydro pole and sparked a small wildfire in Lytton

A man in his 40s failed a roadside breathalyzer and had his vehicle impounded

LYTTON (NEWS 1130) — An alleged impaired driver fleeing from the scene of a hit-and-run in Lytton knocked over a hydro pole, sparking a small wildfire that farmers were able to keep at bay until firefighters arrived, according to police.

Witnesses told Lytton RCMP that a pickup truck crashed on North Spencer Road around 6:30 p.m. Saturday, toppling the hydro pole.

“Local farmers were the first on scene and took action which no doubt knocked the blaze back and likely prevented it from burning out of control. The wildfire was suppressed by BC Wildfire ground crews, a helicopter and the Lytton Volunteer Fire Department who arrived on scene quickly,” reads a release.

“Front line RCMP officers located the suspect vehicle with front end damage consistent with colliding with a power pole. The driver and his passenger were identified by police who initiated an impaired driving investigation.”

A man in his 40s failed a roadside breathalyzer and had his vehicle impounded.

Lytton RCMP say the man could also face criminal charges and be held liable for the cost of fighting the fire.