Charges laid during OPP investigation of intentional collision on Hwy 41

Photo by Lucas Mulder.

The Lennox & Addington (L&A) County detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have charged an Amherstview man after an intentional collision on Highway 41 in Addington Highlands Township.

The incident occurred around 1 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020.

According to the OPP, a red Dodge Charger was northbound when it struck the rear of another vehicle about one kilometre south of Highway 7, causing that vehicle to collide with a house adjacent to Highway 41.  Minor injuries were sustained in these collisions. 

The driver of the Charger stole a black Hummer and fled the scene, OPP report. The driver then collided with a police cruiser. Police were able to stop the vehicle on Store Street in Actinolite near Tweed and one person was arrested. A cruiser was damaged and one officer suffered minor injuries.  

L&A County OPP have charged John Matthew Mcaree, age 33, of Amherstview with:

·      Attempt to Murder

·      Theft of a Motor Vehicle

·      Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle;

·      Flight from Police

·      Assault with a Weapon; and

·      Operation while impaired – alcohol an drugs

The accused was held for a bail hearing at the Ontario Court of Justice in Greater Napanee.

Anyone who may have witnessed or have any information on this incident is asked to please contact the L&A County Detachment at 613-354-3369 or 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may report online at

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