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Collingwood crane operator facing numerous charges, including impaired, near Ottawa

The crane was seen striking power lines and trees, among other things
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Members of the Leeds County and Grenville Detachments of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) located and charged a driver after a vehicle failed to remain at the scene of a collision. 

On Oct. 14, 2020 at about 5:35 p.m. Grenville officers responded to 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.

Matthew Hinton, 62 years old of Collingwood, Ont. 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, Ont. 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

The accused was released and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Brockville at a future date.