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.

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