A 17-year-old man was arrested and charged for crashing a truck into a building, lamppost and street signs in downtown Whitehorse on Saturday.
Around 4:30 a.m., a Dodge Ram pickup sped out of the Tags parking lot, lost control and smashed into the side of the municipal Public Works building on the far side of Fourth Avenue.
The driver then threw the truck into reverse, driving over a street sign and lamppost on the other side of Fourth Avenue.
The man was charged with impaired driving and other motor vehicle charges and was released to a guardian after his arrest, Rogers said.
Yukon Electrical was called to the scene, as there were exposed wires on the damaged street lamp. The fire department was also called because the truck was dripping fuel and the engine was smoking.
Tags also turned off their pumps temporarily, just to be safe, Rogers said.
The accident caused “significant” damage, both to the building and the street lamp, added Rogers.
For the building, siding had to be replaced, and drywall inside shows cracks and chips from the impact.
But the biggest damage was done to the front door, said Brian Crist, the city’s director of operation.
The wall was pushed in enough to push the door out of alignment, meaning it can’t be opened, he said.
Crist doesn’t expect the repairs to cost much more than $2,000, but staff wont be able to use the front door until the end of the week, he said.