Alcohol-fuelled ride in shopping cart goes awry

NANAIMO– Man hospitalized after crashing shopping cart

The poor handling qualities of a shopping cart resulted in a Nanaimo man being taken to hospital with head injuries Thursday.

The incident happened shortly before 5:30 p.m. when a 44-year-old man rode a shopping cart down Brechin Road and lost control on the road’s steep incline.

“A witness figures he was going 35-40 kilometres an hour,” said Const. Sherri Wade, Nanaimo RCMP spokeswoman. “The cart was swerving, the driver lost control and the cart fell over.”

The man allegedly smelled strongly of alcohol, which police believe was a factor leading up to the crash.

No other vehicles were involved.

The shopping cart rider was taken to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital to be treated for his injuries. Police did not have an update on his condition Friday morning.

Investigators said the man was found at fault for “…unsafely riding a shopping cart….”

No one else was injured and no charges are pending against the crash victim.