Car slams into power pole in Qualicum Beach Sunday

Power lines were downed and a car smashed after it struck a pole in Qualicum Beach Sunday evening.

Power lines were downed when a car smashed into a power pole Sunday evening in Qualicum Beach.

Power lines were downed when a car smashed into a power pole Sunday evening in Qualicum Beach.

Oceanside RCMP are on the lookout for the driver of  a vehicle that slammed into a power pole Sunday night near the Shady Rest Pub.

Corporal Jesse Foreman said the crash happened at 7:15 p.m. when a red, 193 Pontiac Grand Am hit a power pole on Highway 19A and was destroyed by the impact.

The male driver of the vehicle, Foreman said, appears to have taken to his heels after extricating himself from the wreck.

When police arrived, he said, a witness informed them that after the collision, the driver grabbed two liquor bottles from the vehicle and fled the area on foot.

Police contacted the owner of the vehicle, a woman from Bowser who stated that her vehicle had been stolen sometime earlier.

Despite an intensive manhunt, police were unable to find the driver and are now looking for the help of the public to identify the male driver.

The driver, who was wearing a black T-shirt and jeans, was described as Caucasian, five feet, 10 inches in height with a bald head and medium build.

Foreman noted as well there is some indication that the man may have recently purchased two boxes of Smirnoff Ice coolers and two large bottles of liquor.

“Perhaps an employee that was working at a liquor store nearby may have information that could help identify the driver?” Foreman said.