Impaired driver arrested after crashing into 3 police cruisers in Bowmanville

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Published January 1, 2024 at 12:24 pm

A 19-year-old man driving while being impaired was arrested and charged with several criminal offences after crashing into three police cruisers in Bowmanville.

On Saturday (Dec. 30) Durham Regional Police responded to reports of an impaired driver near Bowmanville Avenue and Highway 401.

Investigators say the driver, suspected to be linked to a prior collision, was found in a nearby parking lot with one of the vehicle’s tires missing.

While officers attempted to stop the vehicle the driver sped away.

Subsequently, a pursuit ensued where the driver deliberately collided with three police cruisers, authorities say.

After some effort, law enforcement successfully stopped the vehicle and arrested the driver.

The 19-year-old man —a resident of Clarington— has been charged with eight offences including failing to stop for police and impaired operation.

Authorities have refrained from disclosing any more information regarding the identity of the accused.

Police say the man submitted breath samples yielding alcohol concentrations of 140 and 150 milligrams per 100 milliliters of blood.

In Ontario, the legal threshold for alcohol in the blood while driving is 80 milligrams per 100 milliliteres, the driver in this case had more than double the required amount in his system.

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