DUI driver flees after crash, passenger airlifted to hospital

East Hants District RCMP is investigating a serious vehicle crash that occurred in Walton.

On March 18, at approximately 2:07 p.m., East Hants District RCMP, fire services and EHS responded to a report of a vehicle crash on Walton Woods Rd. Upon arrival at the scene, RCMP officers learned that a grey Ford Ranger was travelling westbound on Walton Woods Rd. when it left the roadway and ended up in the ditch. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene prior to officer’s arrival. He was located a short time later at a nearby residence.

The sole passenger, a 48-year-old Cogmagun man, was airlifted to the hospital with serious injuries.

The driver, a 60-year-old Cogmagun man, suffered minor injuries.

The driver showed signs of impairment and, based on information and evidence gathered at the scene, investigators arrested him. He was transported to the Enfield RCMP Detachment where he provided breath samples that both registered at 110mg%.

As a result, Ricky Lorne McFetridge is facing charges of:

  • Operation while Impaired Causing Bodily Harm;
  • Operation while Impaired Blood Alcohol Concentration that is Equal to or Exceeds 80mg%;
  • Failure to Stop After Accident Resulting in Bodily Harm.

McFetridge was released on conditions and is scheduled to appear in Shubenacadie Provincial Court on June 17, 2024 at 9:30 a.m.

A collision reconstructionist attended the scene. The investigation remains ongoing.


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