Impaired driver speeds through collision scene

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Two people face numerous charges after the vehicle they were travelling in nearly struck multiple police officers early Tuesday.

Shortly after midnight, Greater Sudbury officers were investigating a serious motor-vehicle collision on MR 80 between Cecile Street and Isabelle Street in Val Caron, according to a release. 

While dealing with that situation, a Honda Civic “sped by the officer directing traffic and through the road barricades into the active collision scene,” the release states.

The vehicle continued down the road, “narrowly missing multiple officers who were on foot conducting the investigation and running over collision reconstruction equipment before travelling towards a parked and occupied cruiser.”

The officer in the cruiser was able to move the car at the last second, avoiding a collision. 

Patrol officers stopped the car on Lina Street, where they found a woman driving the vehicle and a man in the passenger seat. 

“Both individuals were unco-operative and aggressive with the officers,” leading to an altercation, police said. “The man got back into the vehicle and attempted to drive away but was quickly stopped by officers.”

The 25-year old woman has been charged with the following offences:

impaired driving over 80 mgs;

dangerous operation of a motor vehicle;

obstructing/resisting a peace officer;

possession of a drug;

no validation on plate;

no insurance;

driving on closed highway; and

disobeying an officer directing traffic.
The 26-year old man has been charged with:
operation while impaired by drugs;

assault police with intent to resist;

failing to give required information; and

faiure to properly wear seatbelt.

Their names cannot be released as the information has not yet been sworn to through the Court process. They were both released on a promise to appear with a court date of Dec. 4. 

“This is beyond disappointing,” said Chief Paul Pedersen. “The lives of community members and police officers endangered by individuals who are simply not getting the messaging about impaired driving.”

Pedersen said the police service’s “thoughts and prayers are with the man who remains in the hospital as a result of the initial collision caused by an impaired driver.”

The second incident “could have been a devastating and disastrous situation had it not been for the quick actions of the officers on scene,” he added. “These are criminal choices and community safety is significantly at risk.”

sud.editorial@sunmedia.ca

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