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Teen crashes Hackett Park bleachers

Teen crashes Hackett Park bleachers

Teen crashes Hackett Park bleachers

Sechelt emergency services were called to Hackett Park at 6:45pm on Friday July 25, after a minivan crashed through a set of bleachers. Remarkably, there were no reports of injuries to any of the spectators on or around the bleachers, who were watching a baseball game at the time.

After speaking with witnesses, police determined that a 15-year-old girl from Sechelt had been driving, and had a 17-year-old female passenger.  It appears the driver had been turning onto Dolphin Street from Ocean Avenue, and may have lost control when she swerved to avoid a cyclist. The driver, who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, failed a roadside breath test, and was arrested for impaired driving.

“This is obviously an alarming incident for several reasons,” said Sunshine Coast RCMP member Cst. Harrison Mohr.

“This girl was not only too young to be driving in the first place, but for her to get behind the wheel while she was intoxicated was a very dangerous choice to make. It is amazing that no one was hurt or killed,” Cst. Morh wrote.

Police want to thank the witnesses that came forward, as their statements were crucial in helping police to identify the driver.

The driver was released to her father, and is facing charges of impaired driving, failing to provide a breath sample, and mischief under $5,000.  She also received a ticket for driving without a driver’s licence.

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