Dangerous Debris on B.C. Highway 19 Causes Crashes

Comox Valley, BC – On January 27, 2019 at approximately 2:00 a.m., Comox Valley RCMP responded to a collision on Highway 19, in Fanny Bay. A vehicle had struck debris that was strewn across the driving lane.

Information was received by RCMP from the Highways Maintenance Crew that more debris was found in the same area across both the northbound and south bound lanes. Maintenance crews reported having seen a person acting suspiciously in the area.

As officers were investigating the first collision, they came upon two more vehicles that had also sustained extensive damage from hitting the debris.

Comox Valley Police Dog Services responded to the area to assist with the unfolding investigation. Police Service Dog “Hammer” led his handler along the highway and into a wooded area where a man was located and subsequently taken into custody.

File Photo – Highway

“We are very fortunate that no one was injured as a result of these actions,” said Inspector Mike Kurvers. “We would ask that if the public notices debris or hazards on any roadway that they call the RCMP right away.”

A 35-year-old Courtenay man was released with a pending court date. At the culmination of the investigation, police will submit a report to the BC Prosecution Service for consideration of a mischief charge.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Comox Valley RCMP at 250-338-1321 and refer to file 2019-1318. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or online at http://comoxvalleycrimestoppers.bc.ca/.

File # 2019-1318

Comox Valley RCMP

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