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Driver crashes into garage door, blows more than 3 times over

Badjeros man, 49, faces several charges following string of crashes on Thursday night in south-end Barrie
2022-04-12 Barrie police HQ RB 1
The Barrie-Simcoe Emergency Services Campus on Fairview Road in Barrie is shown in a file photo.

A Dundalk-area man faces numerous charges, including impaired driving, after Barrie police say he exhibited some poor driving skills and later blew more than three times the legal limit back at headquarters last night. 

Shortly after 7 p.m., Thursday, March 16, Barrie police say they began to receive multiple calls from concerned citizens about a vehicle being driven northbound on Ferndale Drive South in the city's south end.

"As the vehicle approached the intersection at Ardagh Road, it continued northbound in the left-turn lane and struck another motor vehicle head on," police said in a news release this morning. "The driver reversed and then proceeded northbound on Ferndale Drive South, only to be followed by witnesses to the collision."

Police say the driver then turned westbound onto Gore Drive, where the vehicle "struck snowbanks on the south side of the road on two occasions which dislodged parts of the vehicle. The driver continued through a stop sign and then proceeded to back into a nearby driveway.

"This final manoeuvre took a number of attempts and on the last try, the driver backed into a closed garage door with the motor vehicle he was operating," according to police. 

Officers arrived at the residence, "just as the driver had finished parking it," and placed the man under arrest. 

The man was transported to Barrie Police Headquarters on Fairview Road where the investigation continued with the assistance of a breathalyzer technician. After providing suitable breath samples, police say it was determined that the man had been driving with a blood-alcohol level that was in excess of three times the legal limit.

A 49-year-old Badjeros man has been charged with failure to stop after a crash, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, impaired operation of a motor vehicle, operation while prohibited, and operation while impaired - blood alcohol.

The accused was held in custody for a video bail hearing, which is scheduled for later today with the Ontario Court of Justice in Barrie.

Barrie police also thanked the people who assisted officers on Thursday night.