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'Reasonable grounds' driver who sheared power pole in Burnaby was impaired: police

The driver of a Honda Pilot that smashed through a power pole in Burnaby last week, narrowly missing two pedestrians, was slapped with a 24-hour driving suspension after taking a roadside breath test, according to Burnaby RCMP.
A screen grab from a video posted on social media shows a Honda Pilot smashing through a power pole on Kingsway in Burnaby on June 13.

A driver whose SUV smashed through a power pole in Burnaby last week, narrowly missing two pedestrians, had enough alcohol in his blood to earn a 24-hour driving suspension, according to police.

The incident, on Kingsway by Marlborough Avenue last Thursday, was caught on dashcam video.

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Posted on social media, the video shows westbound vehicles stopped at a red light on Kingsway when a westbound Honda Pilot suddenly comes into view on the right, jumps the curb, smashes through a power pole and narrowly misses two pedestrians.

The vehicle comes to rest only after slamming into a traffic-light standard.

Police came upon the scene just before 2:30 p.m., according to Burnaby RCMP.

The Pilot's driver, a man in his 80s, was unhurt, but his two passengers, who are in their 70s and 80s, were taken to hospital with minor injuries, according to police.

This week, Burnaby RCMP reported the driver was issued a 24-hour driving prohibition after a roadside breath test.

"We know there was alcohol involved," Burnaby RCMP Cpl. Mike Kalanj told the NOW.

Whether police believe that alcohol contributed to the crash is something investigators on the case are working to find out, he said.

Along with the driving ban, the man was also ticketed for “driving without reasonable consideration,” according to Kalanj.

Under the Motor Vehicle Act, police can issue a 24-hour driving prohibition if they have "reasonable grounds" to suspect a driver's ability to drive is impaired by alcohol or drugs.

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