Airbag DNA Nails Employee Who Crashed Boss's Truck – Interesting situation given it is Drug Free Workplace Week A Canadian judge fined a man more than $5,000 after investigators relied on DNA evidence and cell phone records to catch a North Vancouver man who crashed his boss's truck and then fraudulently claimed it had been stolen. According to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the incident took place in the early-morning hours of when someone crashed a truck into a road sign on the Upper Levels section of Highway 1, north of Vancouver. Police discovered the truck with the keys in the ignition, both airbags deployed and the engine still warm, but the driver gone. Later in the same morning a man reported the same truck stolen to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police at approximately 11:30 a.m., a man called the RCMP to report the truck stolen, a claim he repeated later that evening and again a few days later in a theft claim to the Insurance Corporation of B.C. The insurance company concluded the truck was a write off, but investigators were concerned about the man's claim that the truck was stolen prior to the crash. ICBC's special investigation unit tested the driver's airbag for DNA, and then checked the man's cell phone records, and were led to his girlfriend's home nearby. The girlfriend initially backed up the man's story, but later admitted he told her he was drinking and crashed the truck, abandoned it and decided to submit a theft claim. According to an ICBC spokesperson, DNA testing from the airbag in the truck determined that the man was behind the wheel when the airbag deployed. (workersxzcompxzkit) The man eventually pled guilty to making a false or misleading insurance claim.
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