Impaired, dangerous driving charges laid following morning collision

Lethbridge Regional Police have charged a 31-year old man with impaired and dangerous driving following a collision early this morning that resulted in significant damage to city property.

 On Oct. 14, 2014 at approximately 2:30 a.m. police came upon a single vehicle collision at the top of Bridge Drive West approximately 50 meters east of University Drive. The vehicle is believed to have been driving too fast causing it to go off the road and into the ditch where it struck a light pole and a high power transformer box dislodging it from its base and exposing several high-powered large gauge wires.

 Police located the male driver still in the vehicle behind the wheel. He displayed strong signs of impairment and following further investigation was subsequently charged.

 While the lights and traffic control devices in the area of the collision were not immediately effected, the equipment will need to be replaced. Damages are estimated at $60,000.

 Gunanidi Timsina, 31, of Lethbridge, is charged with impaired driving, driving over .08 and dangerous driving. The vehicle was also seized and the accused’s driver’s license has been suspended pursuant to Alberta’s impaired driving legislation.

 Timsina is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 12.