Nova Scotia

Teen charged in Halifax hit-and-runs

A 16-year-old boy faces numerous charges in connection with last month's hit-and-runs that left thousands of homes without power.
The damaged truck was found abandoned about a block away from the second damaged power pole. (CBC)

A 16-year-old boy faces numerous charges in connection with last month's hit-and-runs that left thousands of homes without power.

Halifax Regional Police said officers arrested the teen early Sunday after receiving a tip that he was on Barrington Street. They had been looking for the boy since the crashes.

Police accuse the boy of driving a stolen truck and smashing into two power poles, a fire hydrant and a police cruiser on Oct. 27.

The first crash happened at the corner of Gottingen and North streets. Police followed a trail of destruction to an abandoned truck several blocks away on Seaforth Street.

The resulting power outages left 1,800 homes and businesses without electricity and tied up traffic for hours.

The 16-year-old faces a number of charges:

  • Assault with a weapon
  • Assault causing bodily harm
  • Theft of a vehicle
  • Possession of stolen property
  • Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle
  • Breaching court conditions
The teen is in custody until a bail hearing next month.

With files from The Canadian Press