Man charged in connection with hit-and-run incident

Rosie Mullaley
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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.

Organizations: The Telegram

Geographic location: Blackmarsh Road, St. John's, Columbus Drive Anspach Street

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  • nobody
    January 09, 2012 - 14:28

    Now judicial system, don't charge these boys with anything. We all know no one gets in trouble in Newfoundland and Labrador. St. John's can be compared to Port Royal in the 1600's, full of thieves, drug addicts and criminals. They're all issued letters of marque that say "Get out of jail FREE"

  • Kevin Power
    January 09, 2012 - 12:43

    The inmates, appear, to be running the insane asylum and the young criminals are taking over the streets of St. John's. Time to give these young punks a life lesson in facing up to the consequences of their actions. $30,000 in unpaid fines. That program does not seem to working too well. Heaven knows that they have a free ride on the system so far, without much consequences.

  • darls
    January 09, 2012 - 11:30

    where do these idiots get cars...don't you have to have a drivers licence for this and don't you only have 7 days to change it over...i'm thinking the RNC should set up shop in the motor registration building ...they can actually see who sends in their part of the sales slip....then go after the ones who don't....why is no one doing's an easy way to catch these idiots...and whoever at the telegram comes up with this valadition stuff should be can't make have the stuff out and alot of them are not even words....

    • Learning
      January 09, 2012 - 13:58

      C'mon you really think they have a driver's licence or registration or insurance? If you are willing to drive impaired and leave the scene of an accident, I highly doubt that they are a rule follower!