Driver causes Fort St. John power outage

Fort St. John RCMP say a power outage affecting thousands Monday night was caused by a driver with alcohol in his system.

Emergency crews were called out to 86 Street shortly before 9:30 p.m. after a welding truck crashed and knocked down a power pole, causing an outage for roughly 6,000 customers.

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The driver was not seriously injured, and Fort St. John RCMP said Tuesday responding officers launched an impaired driving investigation. No other vehicles were involved.

“Members entered into an impaired driving investigation upon attending the scene, resulting in a 24-hour suspension and an Administrative Driving Prohibition being issued, along with a violation ticket,” said Staff Sgt. Scott Watson.

ICBC notes administrative driving prohibitions are issued to impaired drivers under the Motor Vehicle Act, and separate from any Criminal Code charges that may result from the same incident.

"He had alcohol in his system, however not in such quantity that a criminal impaired charge would be sought," said Watson.

Power was fully restored around 1 a.m. 

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[Eds. note: Article updates to note that criminal charges are not being sought, adds details from ICBC about administrative driving prohibitions.]

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