(Saanich Police)

The driver who collided with a hydro pole in Saanich Friday morning is now facing criminal charges after fleeing the scene.

At 7:45 a.m., officers were called to Carey Road at Baker Street following reports of a single-vehicle crash involving a Nissan pickup truck.

“The collision was so powerful that it snapped and dislodged the base of the hydro pole,” said Cst. Markus Anastasiades with Saanich PD.

Police anticipated Carey Road between Baker and Judah streets would be closed for hours as they combed through the evidence and crews cleaned up the mess.

And while the driver had initially stayed to talk with witnesses, he fled the scene before officers arrived, according to Anastasiades.

However, with police dog help, an officer was able to find the driver several blocks away.

The 61-year-old was then arrested for failing to remain at the scene and was sent to hospital as a precaution, but “remarkably did not sustain any significant injuries,” Anastasiades said.

“Officers back at the scene observed substances believed to be drugs, drug paraphernalia and bear spray inside the vehicle. Charges will be considered for these offences after the drugs are properly examined.”

The driver was later released from police custody but has a date in court next month.

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