A 44 year-old Regina male has been charged with impaired driving after an incident overnight, in which a SaskPower pole was struck and broken by a vehicle, in the area of 4th Avenue and St. John Street. The roadway was closed for several hours overnight, but is now open to traffic again.
Police were dispatched to the area of 4th Avenue and St. John Street at about 9:52 p.m. on Wednesday, September 11, 2014, for a report of a Ford Ranger that had hit a power pole, which was sheared off and hanging over the roadway. Police arrived and found vehicles stopped in each lane, in both directions on Ross Avenue and power lines were dangling across the road. SaskPower was notified and additional traffic units were called out to divert traffic. Police also located a male who matched witnesses’ description of the driver of the vehicle. The male was taken into custody and upon further investigation was charged in connection with this incident. It was determined the vehicle was travelling westbound on Ross Avenue, when it climbed the median and struck the power pole. With the help of traffic units, as well as signage and barricades from the City of Regina the road way was closed to allow SaskPower personnel to make repairs. The cost of the property damage is not known, but believed to be significant. No one was injured in this incident.
Forty-four year-old John Jim SHERWOOD, DOB: 1970-06-12, is charged with Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle [253(1)(a) CC] and Fail or Refuse to provide Breath Sample [254(5) CC]. SHERWOOD will make his first court appearance on these charges in Provincial Court at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 30, 2014.