2019-06-05

Charges filed against New Brunswick man accused of crashing vehicle into fence, truck

by Keith Corcoran

Charges have been filed against a New Brunswick man whom the Bridgewater Police Service alleges was driving a burgundy BMW sedan that burst through an Empire Street fence and crashed into a parked truck in April.

Shondell James Ogden, 29, is charged with mischief over $5,000, dangerous driving, and failing to remain at the scene of an accident. Ogden's scheduled to be arraigned in a Bridgewater court in late June.

Law enforcement was summoned at about 5 a.m. April 23 after a BMW travelling on Hillcrest Street zipped through the intersection with Empire Street, crashed through a fence, and struck an unoccupied 2008 Ford Ranger.

No one was hurt, but, police said, the driver of the BMW didn't stay at the scene. The incident shattered a section of fencing on property owner David Mosher's front lawn and tore a rear passenger side tire from the axle of his truck.

The charges were filed May 29. Police found evidence in the car that triggered the need for a warrant to obtain video surveillance footage from a Halifax area business that confirmed the identity of a suspect inside the vehicle, said Danny MacPhee, Bridgewater's deputy police chief.

Ogden was arrested at a Victoria Road address a day after the vehicle crash after emergency crews responded to a medical emergency that involved him, MacPhee indicated. Ogden was treated at hospital and remanded into custody on a federal prison parole violation.

The Bridgewater Police Service previously told LighthouseNOW a suspect was on parole from federal prison where he'd served time for cocaine and steroid-related drug offences dating back to 2017.

Ogden has previous criminal convictions originating from Halifax County.

None of the Bridgewater allegations have been tested in court.

Thank you for printing this article from lighthousenow.ca. Subscribe today for access to all articles, including our archives!