An RCMP officer walks past the vehicle that hit a hydro pole early on Saturday afternoon. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

An RCMP officer walks past the vehicle that hit a hydro pole early on Saturday afternoon. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Woman restrained after car hits hydro pole near Duncan

Driver struggles with police and paramedics as she was taken away in ambulance

A woman believed to be the driver of a vehicle that hit a Hydro pole in a residential neighbourhood near Duncan early Saturday afternoon had to be restrained as she was taken away in an ambulance.

The incident happened shortly before 1 p.m. in front of Timberline Grove, 3242 Cowichan Lake Rd. A white Toyota sedan collided with the pole and swung around into a fence. The car’s bumper landed about 30 feet away, and other car parts were strewn around the area. Witnesses believed the vehicle had been going as much as 80km/h before the collision.

A woman was handcuffed briefly before she was taken from the scene in an ambulance. She had to be restrained while she was loaded into the ambulance as she struggled with police and paramedics.

Cowichan Lake Road was temporarily closed to vehicle traffic as the incident was investigated and cleaned up.

According to a release issued by North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP the woman had been detained on suspicion of impaired driving. She was admitted to hospital with non-life-threatenting injuries.

“We are asking that anyone who witnessed a white 4 door 2013 Toyota Camry driving on Saturday, February 10th, 2018 around 12:30 PM in the Duncan area, to please call police,” said Cst. Pam Bolton.