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Man, 22, faces impaired charges after crashing through fence

The incident happened this morning at 1:30 a.m. near the Gravenhurst Fire Department; OPP say the driver was not injured in the crash
A man was fortunate to be uninjured after crashing his car at 1:30 a.m. this morning in Gravenhurst. The 22-year-old driver was charged with impaired.

A Gravenhurst man is facing multiple charges after an early-morning crash near the Gravenhurst Fire Department.

Bracebridge OPP officers, along with Muskoka paramedics and Gravenhurst firefighters were called to a single-vehicle collision at 1:30 a.m. this morning.

According to a news release, officers responded quickly and located the vehicle that had broken through the fencing across from the fire department on First Street in Gravenhurst. The car was badly damaged, air bags were deployed and the windshield was shattered in the wake of the crash.

The lone occupant of the vehicle made his way out of the driver's side window after the crash, police say. He was not injured.

Thomas Benns-Bowes, 22, of Gravenhurst has been charged with impaired operation of a vehicle and failure or refusal to comply with a demand. He will answer his charges in the Ontario Court of Justice on April 25.

In all cases where impaired driving charges are laid, the accused's drivers' licence is suspended for 90 days and their vehicle is impounded.

"The OPP are reminding all motorists to make alternate arrangements for transportation to avoid getting behind the wheel while impaired," noted the news release.



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