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Harbour Grace RCMP arrests man for failure to remain at the scene of an accident


Police have arrested 74-year-old George Malcolm Whalen after he fled the scene of a collision between his vehicle and a dirt bike. Whalen has been restricted from operating a motor vehicle since 2017, due to a lifetime driving prohibition which was imposed after his conviction on the charge of impaired operation of a motor vehicle causing death.


Shortly after 4:30 p.m. on the afternoon of November 23, Harbour Grace RCMP received a call about a collision between an SUV and a dirt bike on Saddle Hill in Carbonear. Police attended the scene and located a red Honda dirt bike which had been struck by another vehicle. The driver of the dirt bike, a youth, was transported to Carbonear Hospital for treatment of serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the SUV fled the scene in his vehicle.


Investigative efforts led police to George Malcolm Whalen of Carbonear, who was arrested and faces charges of failure to stop after an accident resulting in bodily harm and operation of a motor vehicle while prohibited.


He was released from custody and is set to appear in court in January 2024.


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