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Maple Ridge Mounties looking for driver in hit-and-run

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Ridge Meadows RCMP are looking for a car and driver following hit-and-run crash in Maple Ridge Tuesday.

Police were called after someone spotted a man lying on the side of 232nd Street in the 12000 block around 7:30 p.m.

Sgt. Dale Somerville said the 21-year-old man had been hit by a car that did not stop while crossing 232nd St.

He was able to crawl off the road onto a property where he was found by a passerby.

Somerville said Ridge Meadows RCMP do not have information on the vehicle or person involved in the hit-and-run but are asking witnesses to come forward.

"The victim is expected to survive his injuries," he added.

• Anyone with information is asked to call RCMP at  604-463-6251. To remain anonymous call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or leave a tip online at www.bccrimestoppers.com. CrimeStoppers will pay a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

 

Drunk driver

Ridge Meadows RCMP are recommending impaired driving charges against a 49-year-old man from Langley who was stopped in Maple Ridge on Tuesday.

Staff from a local pub called police around 7:30 p.m. to report that a man who they felt was drunk had just driven away in a blue pickup truck.

A police officer spotted the truck as it turned off the Lougheed Highway onto Golden Ears Way in Pitt Meadows.

The officer noted the truck being driven erratically, so it was stopped.  The driver exhibited several signs of being impaired by alcohol so a demand for samples of his breath was made.

Sgt. Dale Somerville said the man refused to supply the breath samples when he was taken to the detachment.

"Refusing to supply suitable breath samples for analysis is a crime under the Criminal Code of Canada, and carries the same punishments as impaired driving and driving with a blood-alcohol level over .08%," he added.

"When a demand for breath samples has been made, the onus is on the person to provide suitable samples for analysis."

The man was later released on a promise to appear in court. He was picked up by a friend who drove him home.

 

Car stolen

Ridge Meadows RCMP are looking for a black 1992 Nissan Pathfinder SUV that was stolen from a secure underground parking lot in Maple Ridge this week.

The vehicle went missing sometime between 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6 and 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7.

The vehicle was parked in an apartment complex in the 22400 block of 121 Avenue in Maple Ridge.  The SUV had British Columbia licence plates 884PSJ on it at the time of the theft.

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