Barrie police nab impaired driver after hit-and-run

Police say the driver's blood-alcohol level was over three times the legal limit

Barrie police say a 49-year-old man is in custody and up on impaired driving charges after a hit-and-run incident Thursday evening.

Around 7:15, officers received calls from concerned citizens about the driving behaviour of a motorist northbound on Ferndale Drive South.

Police say as the vehicle approached the intersection at Ardagh Road, it continued northbound in the left turn lane and struck a vehicle head-on. The driver reversed and proceeded northbound on Ferndale Drive South, and was followed by witnesses to the collision.

According to officers, the vehicle turned westbound onto Gore Drive, struck snowbanks on the south side of the road twice – which dislodged parts of the vehicle. The driver continued through a stop sign and then backed up into a driveway, attempting multiple times, and then struck a closed garage door.

Police arrived at the residence and took the driver from Badjeros into custody for impaired operation and failing to remain.

The accused was transported to Barrie Police Headquarters. After taking a breath sample, it was determined that he had been driving with a blood alcohol level that was over three times the legal limit. Officers say they also learned that he was prohibited from driving.

The accused was held in custody for a video bail hearing scheduled for Friday.

He faces the following charges:

  • Failure to stop after an accident 
  • Dangerous operation
  • Impaired operation
  • Operation while prohibited
  • Operation while impaired – blood alcohol

Barrie police say they thank those who assisted with this incident – their involvement helped remove another impaired driver off the roads.

Banner image via Michael Chorney / At the Scene Photography