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Crashing BMW leaves gaping hole in Burnaby sign business

Police say car's owner arrested after he fled on foot

Alcohol and speed are suspected factors in a single-vehicle crash that saw a car smash a hole in the front of a Burnaby sign business last night.

Emergency crews were called to Galaxie Signs at 5085 Regent St. just after 9 p.m. for reports of a car that had crashed into the building.

Firefighters found a black BMW a short distance from the front of the business and a fair-sized hole in an exterior wall, according to assistant fire Chief Gavin Summers.

A man had fled the scene on foot, he said.

He made his way into a commercial yard, and firefighters cut the locks to the gates to let police in, according Burnaby RCMP.

The man, who turned out to be the vehicle’s registered owner, was then found, arrested and ticketed for failing to remain at the scene of an accident and driving without due care and attention, police said.

The man had sustained minor injuries but declined medical help, according to police.

Burnaby RCMP is investigating the crash, according to spokesperson Cpl. Mike Kalanj.

He said speed and alcohol are suspected factors, but that has not yet been proven.

At this time, police also can’t confirm that the man was the vehicle’s only occupant or that he was behind the wheel when car hit the building, according to Kalanj.