Barrie police: Two collisions; two impaired drivers arrested

Both drivers, who weren't injured, are set to appear in Barrie court on December 19

Barrie police say two motorists face impaired driving charges after separate collisions – including a rollover – on Sunday.

Police say the first collision was reported at 2:28 a.m. after a 22-year-old Orillia man struck a parked car, reversed into a second, and almost struck a pedestrian as he fled the scene.

The fail-to-remain vehicle was then observed in the area of Chase McEachern Way and Bayfield Street, where the collisions had occurred as police were speaking with witnesses.

A short distance later, officers got the car stopped and took the driver into custody and charged him with operation while impaired, and dangerous operation of a vehicle.

Police say the second collision happened at 9:46 p.m. on Wellington Street East – a vehicle lost control on a corner, struck a utility pole, and rolled over.

Picture of the rolled-over vehicle on Wellington Street East

According to officers, the driver fled the scene, but, with the assistance of witnesses, was located close by.

A 50-year-old Barrie man faces charges including dangerous operation, operation while impaired, as well as a number of Highway Traffic Act charges, and one under the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act.

Both drivers, who weren’t injured, are set to appear in Barrie court on December 19.

Police say both collisions were preventable if the drivers had made the right decision and chosen to not drive after they had been consuming alcoholic beverages.  

Banner image via Michael Chorney / At the Scene Photography