Halton police say two Hamilton men are facing drunk-driving charges after a crash in Burlington. Police believe the driver and passenger switched seats. Both are charged with impaired driving – File photo

Two Hamilton men are facing drunk-driving charges after a crash in Burlington, where a driver and passenger are accused of switching seats and fleeing the scene.

The crash happened around 3:25 p.m. Sunday when a 23-year-old was driving his Honda Prelude, with a 26-year-old friend in the passenger seat, Halton Regional police said.

They were leaving a parking lot at 2084 Old Lakeshore Rd., downtown Burlington off the waterfront, when the driver failed to yield to a passing SUV on the road.

Right after the crash the passenger and driver allegedly switched seats, the new driver reversed and nearly hit pedestrians standing behind the car, police said. The two then parked the car and walked away.

Police arrested both men a short distance away. They were taken to hospital for treatment of minor injuries caused by the crash.

The 55-year-old woman, who was driving the Ford Edge SUV, also went to hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The two Hamilton men, Corey Jorden Jeffrey, 23, and Charles Small, 26, are each facing charges of impaired driving, driving with a blood alcohol concentration over 80 milligrams, and failing to remain at the scene of a collision.

They are both scheduled to appear in court in Milton on Feb. 21.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cons. Andrew Lindsay at 905-825-4747 ext. 2305.

To remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

Source: The Hamilton Spectator