Drunk Driver arrested after fleeing a collision in Bronte Creek neighbourhood

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On December, 6, 2016, Halton Regional Police Service officers responded to reports of a two vehicle collision in the area of Bronte Creek’s Colonel William Parkway in Oakville. The incident happened in the vicinity of St. Mary Catholic Elementary School. Upon arrival, it was learned that one of the vehicle’s involved had fled the scene.

Officers quickly identified a male suspect, located the vehicle a short distance away, and determined that he was heavily intoxicated. The driver was arrested for Impaired Driving and was transported to the Oakville police station for breath tests. These tests indicated that the driver’s Breath/Alcohol Concentration (BAC) was almost four times the legal limit.

“Of particular concern is that this incident occurred in a heavily populated area, in very close proximity to an elementary school, at a time when children were walking home and numerous school buses were in the vicinity,” stated Sgt. Gus Bistas, Supervisor of the Oakville District Response Team. “While no injuries were reported, the opportunity for tragedy was certainly present.”

The cause of the collision remains under investigation.

A 56 year-old Oakville resident has been charged with Impaired Driving – Over 80 and Failing to Comply with an Undertaking. He was held for a bail hearing and will make a court appearance this morning. Pursuant to provincial impaired driving legislation, his driver’s licence was suspended for 90 days and his vehicle impounded for a week.

The Halton Regional Police Service reminds residents that impaired driving incidents can occur any time day or night and to immediately call 9-1-1 to report a suspected impaired driver.

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