Saskatchewan

Drunk driver behind Regina plaza damage, police say

Police in Regina say an intoxicated man driving a pick up truck was responsible for damage to the city's downtown plaza on the weekend, adding they had the case solved the same night but overlooked their own reports on the matter.

Police in Regina say an intoxicated man driving a pick up truck was responsible for damage to the city's downtown plaza on the weekend, adding they had the case solved the same night but overlooked their own reports on the matter.

Initially, police said damage to City Square Plaza was under investigation and people were being asked to come forward with any information.

On Thursday, a spokeswoman for police said the case had been investigated on the same night the damage was done but the reports were not noticed.

According to police, officers were dispatched to the plaza at 10:32 p.m. CST Saturday, after receiving a report of a hit and run in progress.

The caller told police that a red Dodge truck was seen running into concrete bollards, or posts, in the plaza and that the driver had left the vehicle. 

When patrol cars arrived, they found damage to the plaza and a man matching the description they were given, a short distance away in Victoria Park.

Police said a 38-year-old man is facing charges of impaired driving. A court appearance is set for May 15.

According to police, the case was thoroughly investigated, reports were written and city officials were notified.

However,  not all officials were aware of this. The spokeswoman said they will be examining their communications processes.

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