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Crane involved in second collision days after driver charged with impaired driving

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A crane truck which had been impounded after its driver was charged with impaired driving was involved in another collision, only minutes after being released from the impound lot on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, say OPP.

The driver, whose identity OPP have not yet released, has been charged with driving under suspension and other Highway Traffic Act offences.

The second collision comes after members of the Leeds County and Grenville Detachments of the OPP located and charged the driver of the crane when it failed to remain at the scene of a collision on October 14, 2020.

On that day, at about 5:35 p.m. officers responded to the single vehicle collision near Water Street and Edward Street in Prescott. A crane was observed striking a power line, trees and posts surrounding a water fountain and fleeing the area.

The crane operator drove westbound on Highway 401, near Brockville followed by an accompanying vehicle. Both vehicles were stopped by police for investigation.

At that time, Matthew Hinton, 62 years old of Collingwood, Ontario was arrested and charged with:

• Operation while impaired – Criminal Code 320.14(1)(a)

Under the Highway Traffic Act:

• Fail to remain

• Drive motor vehicle , no plate

• Drive motor vehicle, not equipped with an ignition interlock device

• Fail to keep log book

• Drive commercial motor vehicle – no valid CVOR certificate

• Driver commercial motor vehicle – improper licence

Furthermore, the company was charged with:

• Permit person with improper licence to driver commercial motor vehicle

• Permit operation of vehicle with air brakes- no endorsement on licence

• Permit person to drive commercial motor vehicle not in accordance with the regulations

• Operate commercial motor vehicle – no valid CVOR certificate

The driver of the accompanying vehicle, a 48-year-old from Collingwood, ON who OPP did not name, was charged under the Highway Traffic Act with:

• Class G1 licence holder – drive on prohibited highway

• Class G1 licence holder – unaccompanied by qualified driver

• Novice driver – B.A.C above zero

Both were released and were scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Brockville at a future date.

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