A 35 year old male is facing numerous charges after the vehicle he was driving collided with a marked police car late Dec. 30, say RCMP.
RCMP say Cst. Philip Crack and Auxiliary Constable Shelley Ullery were off the travel portion of Highway 16 near Ferry Island monitoring traffic when a white van lost control and smashed into the back of the parked police car. Seconds prior to the collision the van had been clocked on radar at over 120 kilometers per hour in the 50 kilometer zone, police say.
The officers along with the driver of the van were all taken by ambulance to Mills Memorial Hospital where they were treated and later released. “This could have been tragic”, says Terrace RCMP detachment commander Inspector Dana Hart.
“Especially at this time of the year. Both Cst. Crack and Auxiliary Constable Ullery have families. Just like all of our members they are out there risking their lives to keep others safe.”
Crack is a member of North District West Traffic Services based in Terrace, while Ullery is a volunteer with the detachment auxiliary program.
Police say damage to both vehicles is extensive and note the police car was the newest vehicle in their fleet.
Charged with impaired driving and dangerous driving is David Schiffer from the Czech Republic, currently working in Terrace.