Bail hearing set for man charged in crash that injured teens
The Merritt man facing a dozen charges in relation to last week’s alleged drunk-driving crash that injured four children in North Kamloops is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday, March 31 for a bail hearing.
John Darren Thompson was arrested at the scene of last the March 20 crash on Parkcrest Avenue. Police said the 41-year-old’s blood-alcohol level was twice the legal limit.
Mounties say a 1992 Jeep left the road near Parkcrest elementary school and struck a group of children, aged 12 to 14, walking on an unpaved sidewalk.
Three of the teens were treated and released, while a fourth suffered more serious injuries. He is expected to make a full recovery, but his current condition.
Thompson, who has a history of alcohol- and driving-related offences, is now facing 12 charges, including four counts of impaired driving causing bodily harm — one for each victim.
Mounties said Thompson was prohibited from driving and consuming alcohol at the time of the crash.