GRAEME BRUCE/BRANDON SUN
A man screams in pain as emergency crews extract him following a single-car crash at Stickney Avenue and 17th Street North on Saturday afternoon. Police say there were four occupants in the car, two were taken to hospital and two were placed under arrest.
Two arrests were made after a serious car crash in which alcohol is believed to be a factor.
A Chevrolet Malibu was believed to be travelling eastbound on Stickney Avenue Saturday before it lost control and struck a hydro pole near the corner of 17th Street North around 2:40 p.m.
Three female passengers ran from the scene, leaving the fourth occupant, a 24-year-old man, trapped behind the wheel.
The females were found in the area shortly after the crash.
One was taken to hospital with minor injuries and later released. The second woman, 31, was found drunk and arrested in relation to an outstanding warrant and taken to the Brandon Correctional Centre. The third woman, 20, was also intoxicated when she was found, causing a disturbance at the crash scene and was also hauled off to jail.
While the man yelled in pain, emergency crews cut open the car to get him out and although he suffered significant injuries, he is in stable condition.
A hydro pole was knocked down across the roadway and electrical wires were on the ground under and around the vehicle. Power was knocked out in the area at the time.
Staff Sgt. Mike Pelechaty said the man suffered some broken bones, including broken ribs and the report doesn’t mentioned any head trauma. Police will be notified once the man is cleared from hospital, suggesting he could face charges.
"They’ve taken some steps with regard to possible alcohol consumption, but until they get some data back from the lab, and until they investigate the accident to see exactly how it occurred, then they there may or may not (be charges)," Pelechaty said.
Police assume at this point the man was driving the car since he was pinned behind the wheel when emergency crews arrived on scene.
Pelechaty also said speeding hasn’t been ruled out as a factor, either.
"We’ve seen incidents there in the past, so usually in order to negotiate that, you should be going the speed limit."
The matter is currently under investigation.
An onlooker who said he lived nearby said he heard the crash and has "never heard anything like it."
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 28, 2014