Texting teen facing charges after Highway 4 crash
Police say alcohol a factor in the crash
A teenage driver is facing numerous charges after losing control while texting and driving, causing the vehicle to roll.
The crash happened early Saturday morning on Montague's Highway 4 near Buffalo Land Provincial Park.
Five teen boys had just left a house party in the area. The 18-year-old driver from Vernon River told police he became distracted while texting, left the road, struck a culvert, and the vehicle rolled several times. Everyone in the vehicle received minor injuries though none required hospitalization.
The police investigation also determined that alcohol was a factor in the crash, but the driver's blood alcohol level was not enough to warrant a criminal charge.
The driver faces numerous Highway Traffic Act charges including driving without due care and attention, as well as a licence suspension due to the strict rules on P.E.I. for drivers still under the graduated licence program relating to zero-tolerance for any blood alcohol level.
The investigation determined that weather, road conditions, and speed did not play a role in the crash.