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Collision with light post leads to numerous charges

Witnesses reported that the driver had fled the scene prior to police arrival
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Officers from the Collingwood and The Blue Mountains detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) charged a motorist this morning with a slew of criminal offences after being dispatched to a collision on Jozo Weider Boulevard.

At approximately 4 a.m. this morning officers were called to a report of a collision involving a Dodge pickup truck colliding with a light post on Jozo Weider Boulevard in The Blue Mountains.

The collision caused the pole to come crashing down onto the roadway with witnesses reporting that the male driver had fled the scene in the involved vehicle prior to police arrival.

Police began patrols of the area in an attempt to locate the vehicle when shortly before 5:30 a.m. they received a report of a vehicle blocking a lane on Grey Road 2 near Fawcett Lane in The Blue Mountains. Officers attended and located the vehicle as well as the driver, who was found to be under the influence of alcohol.

He was arrested at scene and taken to detachment for processing. Further investigation found that the Dodge pickup was stolen from the Stayner area earlier this morning.

Charged is 29-year-old Sherwood Rogers of Clearview Township with Criminal Code offences of driving a motor vehicle while ability impaired by alcohol, fail or refuse to provide sample, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000, possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000 as well as a Highway Traffic Act charge of driving while under suspension.

He was held for a bail hearing today at the Ontario Court of Justice in Barrie.