Man arrested in Nelson hit-and-run spree

A 23-year-old man is facing several charges after a series of hit-and-runs in Fairview.

A 23-year-old man is facing several charges after a spree of hit-and-runs in Fairview. In all, five parked vehicles and two road signs were damaged, although no one was hurt.

Nelson police got the call just before midnight Friday. They responded and located the vehicle and its driver at the corner of Front and Cedar streets. The vehicle had stopped because of the damage sustained in the collisions.

Otherwise, Sgt. Paul Bayes said in a media release, the driver would have left the area. Once in custody, the driver was found to be drunk and driving with an expired foreign license. The man faces charges of drunk driving, failing to remain at the scene of an accident, driving without a license, and driving without consideration for others.

Fifteen served with roadside bans

Nelson police say 15 people in Nelson were served with 90-day roadside prohibitions between July 1 and September 1 this year, twice the number from the same time last year.

“It appears the message is not getting through to drivers in the area,” Bayes said.

“The good news is that changes to BC’s laws against driving while impaired have reduced fatal crashes as well as ambulance calls and hospital admissions resulting from motor vehicle crashes, according to a recent study.”

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