One of two men arrested following a reported hit-and-run accident Sunday night in the west end of St. John's has been released from jail.
Kristopher Follett, 21, appeared in provincial court this morning. He's charged with three counts of breaching court orders, including one that ordered him to abstain from drugs and alcohol.
He's due back in court Jan. 19.
Police say Follett was the passenger in a car that smashed into another car at the intersection of Columbus Drive and Blackmarsh Road and took off.
The man believed to have been driving the car, Joseph Patrick Dobbin, 23, is expected in court this afternoon. Dobbin is charged with impaired driving, failing to stop after being involved in an accident and two counts of breaching a recognizance. One of the breaches was for driving without a licence. Police say he also violated several Highway Traffic Act rules and owes more than $30,000 in unpaid traffic fines.
The incident happened just before 8 p.m. Sunday. It caused damage to several cars and resulted in traffic snarl for close to an hour as fire fighters, ambulances and police arrived. No one was seriously hurt.
The Chevy Colbalt that sped off was spotted by witnesses zoom east down Blackmarsh Road, turn right onto Anspach Street and then left onto James Lane, where it pulled over to the side of the road. The car's front was severely damaged, with the hood buckled up.
At least four people are believed to have been in the car.
Minutes later, the car was on fire and the occupants had left by the time firefighters got there.
It took them minutes to extinguish the blaze, which was caught on video and is posted on The Telegram's website. CLICK HERE to view video.