At approximately 2:00 am Sunday morning (Dec 3), Charlottetown Police Services responded to vehicle fire on the Norwood Road.
Upon arrival, Police observed an SUV to be mostly engulfed in flames and attempts to put it out with a fire extinguisher had no effect. The Charlottetown Fire Department arrived shortly after and were able to extinguish the fire. The vehicle was unoccupied and no injuries were reported.
Through the course of the investigation, Police identified a male suspect and related vehicle which was captured on nearby E-Watch video surveillance and provided Officers with a digital image of the suspect vehicle. A short time later, the suspect vehicle was located driving on Haviland Street. The vehicle was pulled over and the male driver was arrested without incident.
During the arrest, Officers determined that the male was impaired by alcohol and brought back to the Police Station for breath tests. Due to medical reasons, a breath test was not performed and the male was taken to the QEH where a blood sample was collected and will be submitted for toxicology analysis to determine the level of impairment.
A 70 year old Charlottetown male has been charged with Arson and the impaired operation of a motor vehicle charge is dependent on the toxicology results.
The accused has been released from custody with conditions and will appear in Provincial Court at a later date.