Crane operator stopped on Hwy. 401 near Ottawa charged with impaired

Ontario Construction News staff writer

Members of the Leeds County and Grenville Detachments of the OPP have charged a driver after a vehicle failed to remain at the scene of a collision near Ottawa last week.

Grenville officers responded to a single vehicle collision near Water Street and Edward Street in Prescott at around 5:30 p.m. A crane was observed striking a power line, trees and posts surrounding a water fountain and fleeing the area.

The crane operator drove westbound on Highway 401, near Brockville followed by an accompanying vehicle. Both vehicles were stopped by police for investigation.

As a result, a 62 year-old Collingwood man was arrested and charged with impaired operation of a vehicle and charges under the highway traffic act including:

  • Fail to remain
  • Drive motor vehicle, no plate
  • Drive motor vehicle, not equipped with an ignition interlock device
  • Fail to keep log book
  • Drive commercial motor vehicle – no valid CVOR certificate
  • Driver commercial motor vehicle – improper licence

Also, the company was charged with:

  • Permit person with improper licence to driver commercial motor vehicle
  • Permit operation of vehicle with air brakes- no endorsement on licence
  • Permit person to drive commercial motor vehicle not in accordance with the regulations
  • Operate commercial motor vehicle – no valid CVOR certificate

The driver of the accompanying vehicle, a 48-year-old from Collingwood, was charged under the Highway Traffic Act with:

  • Class G1 licence holder – drive on prohibited highway
  • Class G1 licence holder – unaccompanied by qualified driver
  • Novice driver – B.A.C above zero

The accused was released and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Brockville at a future date.


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