Drunk Driver Crash House
Photo via Nanaimo RCMP

Talk about a rude awakening!

Around 11:30 pm on Monday, August 21, a car crashed into the front of a house along Bowen Road in Nanaimo.

The homeowner didn’t sustain any injuries, however, the vehicle caused major structural damage to her residence and surrounding yard.

When officers arrived, the 23-year-old driver was still behind the wheel of his vehicle attempting to reverse out of the yard. Police arrested him at the scene for impaired driving.

Officers responded along with City of Nanaimo Fire and Rescue to reports of the crash.

City of Nanaimo Emergency Services offered the owner short term accommodations. However, she declined the offer as a neighbour graciously took her in for the evening.

According to a release from the Nanaimo RCMP, the “newer model black SUV” drove through a fence and the main supporting wall of the home.

Two Passengers Fled The Scene

Officers learned there were two passengers in the vehicle that fled prior to police arriving.

Investigators would like to speak with the two passengers. They want to ensure the passengers were not injured and learn their version of events.

If anyone has information on the identity of the passengers please contact the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754- 2345. If you wish to remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com, text 274637, keyword Nanaimo or call 1-800- 222-8477.

The male driver later provided two breath tests at the Nanaimo RCMP Detachment. Both were over the legal limit. As a result, he was served with a Promise to Appear. Police recommended charges of Impaired Driving.

The male was also issued with a violation ticket under the Motor Vehicle Act for driving without a valid driver’s license.