Witnesses reported seeing the Lincoln sedan lose control shortly after it was driven from a parking garage with tires squealing, Durham police Sergeant Bill Calder said. The driver was arrested at the scene of the crash, on Bloor Street West near Oxford Street at about 9:40 p.m. Sept. 29, he said.
The man wasn’t hurt in the incident, which saw his car cross the sidewalk and strike a tree and utility box before coming to rest against a chainlink fence near a house, police said.
Jean Leblond, 49, of Bloor Street West in Oshawa, is charged with impaired driving and driving while exceeding the legal blood alcohol limit. Allegations against him have not been proven in court.
The number of impaired driving incidents in Durham Region has topped 500 in the first nine months of this year, Sgt. Calder noted.
“We have 512 reports in 2015 involving impaired drivers,” he said. That’s down from 2014 — there were 551 impaired driving incidents by this point last year — but still a troubling statistic, particularly in light of a crash Sunday in York Region that killed three young children and their grandfather. Impaired driving charges have been laid in that incident.
“How does the message not get out there?” Sgt. Calder mused. “It’s upsetting.”