Nfld. & Labrador

Arrest made after stolen truck smashes through hydro pole, later found on fire

Man, 27, facing a slew of charges after police allege he stole a truck and drove it through a hydro pole before setting it on fire near Makinsons.

27-year-old arrested without incident, charged with vehicle theft, arson, obstruction

RCMP sent a release with this image of the man they were looking for Thursday, after they say he stole a truck and later set it on fire. (RCMP)

A 27-year-old man has been arrested and is facing a slew of charges after police allege he stole a truck and drove it through a hydro pole, before setting it on fire near Makinsons. 

Bay Roberts RCMP said the truck was stolen overnight, and reported to police around 7:20 a.m. Thursday.

About an hour later, police were told a vehicle matching the description had crashed into a utility pole.

While en route to respond, police were told the truck had left the scene after the crash.

Officers found it a few kilometres away, with a fire burning inside, and the driver nowhere to be found.

Police allege the suspect stole this truck and crashed it into a hydro pole, and it was on fire when they found it later. (RCMP)

RCMP said Friday that the man was arrested Thursday without incident and held in custody overnight.

He was slated to appear in provincial court Friday morning on charges of theft of a motor vehicle, arson, theft under $5,000 and obstruction of a peace officer.

Police issued a release Thursday looking for the man, and said they received a number of tips and social media messages that helped track him down.

RCMP said they want to thank the public for their help identifying the suspect.

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