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Driver sentenced for June incident where he used his car to push a truck across highway and into the ditch

Brandon James Peters pleaded guilty to dangerous operation of a motor vehicle December 18 in connection with a June 30 incident on Highway 97 at Houghtaling Road. He was given a conditional sentence of six months with 18 months’ probation, a victim surcharge of $200 and is prohibited from driving for one year.

The Prince George RCMP responded to multiple 9-1-1 calls reporting a two-vehicle collision and disturbance on Highway 97 at Houghtaling Road on that day in June. Witnesses reported that a car had T-boned a full size pickup truck and continued to push the truck across three lanes of highway and over the curb, leading to a physical fight between drivers.

Police determined the incident was the result of a dispute between persons known to each other. Evidence and witness accounts indicated that the driver of the smaller car had deliberately crashed into the pickup and pushed it off the highway and onto a curb. The truck was occupied by a man, who was driving, and a woman. A number of vehicles traveling on the highway at the time had to abruptly brake to avoid being a part of the incident.

The drivers were not injured, however, the woman received minor injuries. Drugs, including alcohol, were not believed to have been a factor in this incident. Traffic was affected at the time for a number of hours as investigators gathered evidence and cleared the scene.

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