August 24, 2013 12:12 pm

Injured man says he was too drunk to recall hitching a ride on a truck, jumping off

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DARTMOUTH — A 25-year-old man told Halifax Regional Police he can’t recall what happened after he opted to hop on the back of a truck while drunk on Friday night.

The truck, pulling a trailer and excavator, was waiting at a red light on Main Street in Dartmouth when the man climbed aboard, according to witnesses.

When the truck gained speed, the uninvited hitchhiker bailed into the street causing non-life threatening injuries.

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Initially police investigated the incident as a possible hit and run after finding the man lying in the street at 2 a.m.

“Actually he is cooperating, the issue is his memory isn’t very good,” said Sgt. Reid McCoombs. “He’s okay. Alcohol’s a factor. And alcohol’s a factor in the decision making last night.”

“He’s claiming he can’t remember what happened due to the amount he drank, so we’re going by what he’s telling us.”

Officers say the man had recently left a nearby bar before the incident.

Police have not located the truck and believe the driver was possibly unaware of what happened.

The man was taken to QEII hospital for treatment and faces a possible charge of alighting or boarding a moving vehicle and a traffic ticket.

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