Speed and alcohol cause of crash, police say

Firetruck behind a police do not cross line.

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Firefighters pulled a vehicle up the escarpment early Monday after adriver lost control at high speed and went over the edge

A 24-year-old Hamilton man is facing drunk-driving charges after allegedly driving his car off the escarpment and then taking a cab home early Monday.

Hamilton police said a witness called police around 2 a.m. after watching a car travelling at a high rate of speed westbound on Mountain Brow Boulevard, mount the curb near Upper Ottawa, crash through a fence and over the edge.

“The driver approached the area at a high rate of speed, lost control and went over the escarpment,” said Staff Sgt. Gary Thompson.

When police arrived on scene they found the car, with the keys still in the ignition, but no driver.

When officers went to the home of the vehicle’s registered owner they spoke with a woman who said the car’s owner was out. Soon after, a cab pulled up with the owner inside.

Police took a statement from the cab driver and transported the man to central police station to provide breath samples. He was not injured in the crash.

The 24-year-old is facing charges of impaired driving and driving a vehicle over the legal blood-alcohol limit.

He was released on a promise to appear in court at a later date.

Anyone with information is asked to call police 905-546-4930, or anonymously through Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477.

Source: The Hamilton Spectator