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Man faces impaired charges after 'dramatic' early-morning crash

Pickup truck crashed into and destroyed a telephone pole at 4:41 a.m. this morning; Penetanguishene man, 24, facing multiple charges

A dramatic collision on Champlain Road has left a Penetanguishene man facing impaired driving charges but fortunately, his injuries are only minor.

On Oct. 19, 2021, at 4:41 a.m., members of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police were dispatched to a collision scene at Champlain Road in the area of Military Road in Penetanguishene.

Damage at the scene included a destroyed pickup truck and a broken telephone pole. On arrival, police investigated and spoke with a male who claimed to be the driver of the vehicle involved in the collision, he was displaying signs of alcohol impairment. The male was arrested and transported to the detachment to provide breath samples.

Joshua LaChapelle, 24, of Penetanguishene faces the following charges contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada:

  • Dangerous operation
  • Operation while impaired
  • Operation with over 80 milligrams

The drivers licence of the accused has been suspended for 90 days and the involved vehicle has been impounded for 7 days. He has been released from custody to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on Nov. 4, 2021.

The OPP reminds motorists to plan ahead and to use a designated driver, cab, public transit, or stay overnight. Any amount of alcohol or drugs can impact your ability to make sound judgments. Enforcement is essential to save lives and reduce injuries on our trails, roadways and waterways. Educating the public about safe driving practices is a priority.