An RCMP officer was briefly trapped in a damaged cruiser after being struck head-on by an SUV going the wrong way on a Route 11 exit in Tracadie, NB, Wednesday night, according to a police press release.
According to the press release, the driver of the SUV fled the crash site in the aftermath of the collision, around 8:20 p.m. AT.
“Another driver in the area stopped to assist the officer and helped her get out of the vehicle.” [safely]the press release said.
Although she suffered minor injuries in the collision, the RCMP officer “immediately began searching for the driver of the SUV,” the release said.
She found an uninjured woman hiding in tall grass about 300 meters from the accident site and arrested her, according to the press release.
If you ever needed a reminder about the dangers of driving with a disability, this is it.– Comp. Kevin Plourde
Police said the woman arrested was undergoing breath tests with the Tracadie RCMP detachment which showed a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit.
“This could have been an exceptionally bad situation for everyone, including our member,” Cpl was quoted as saying. Kevin Plourde says. “If you ever needed a reminder about the dangers of driving with a disability, this is it.”
A lane of Route 11 was closed for several hours after the crash, with a reconstruction of a police collision among those investigating.
The 50-year-old Tracadie woman who was arrested at the scene will appear before the Tracadie Provincial Court on February 24, 2023.
The police are investigating whether the driver can prepare an official report for leaving the scene of an accident.
The officer who was in the vehicle that was hit was taken to hospital for treatment, but was released the same evening.