N.B. man receives shock while stealing copper wire

A 20-year-old man is in critical condition in hospital after apparently receiving a severe electrical shock while trying to steal copper wire from an NB Power substation in Saint-Sauveur on Aug. 1, police say.

A 20-year-old man is in critical condition in hospital after apparently receiving a severe electrical shock while trying to steal copper wire from an NB Power substation in Saint-Sauveur on Aug. 1, police say.

At about 2:45 a.m. Monday, officers of District 8 Acadian Peninsula RCMP responded to a report of a man being seriously injured at the substation, RCMP spokesman Sgt. Carl Haché said

Evidence at the scene suggested that the man was shocked inside the fenced-in facility while trying to steal a three-metre length of copper wire, Haché said in a release.

The man, who suffered severe injuries and burns to much of his body, was first taken to hospital in Bathurst, and then transferred to Saint John. He remains in critical condition.

"Our investigation indicates that substation is about 79,000 volts. But we do believe he tried to cut a line of 7,200 volts," Haché said.

 The man, whose name has not been released, will face a charge of breaking and entering, he said.

The RCMP is reminding the public that tampering with equipment in and around power substations is extremely dangerous and can have deadly consequences.