2018-11-14

Lunenburg County man, 41, charged with impaired driving after Remembrance Day car rampage

by Charles Mandel

The driver who rampaged through Lunenburg in a black truck on November 11 has been charged with impaired driving and driving with a blood alcohol concentration over 80 mg%.

Nova Scotia RCMP said the Lunenburg County man, 41, is scheduled to appear in Lunenburg Provincial Court on January 9, 2019.

The driver was arrested on the scene November 11 for alcohol-impaired driving after causing damage to three parked cars, two parking meters and a building.

He was taken to Cookville Detachment for a breath test. The samples he provided were approximately two-and-a-half times the legal limit.

Witnesses on November 11 say a male driver in a black Ford Truck hit a number of cars and structures on Lincoln Street in Lunenburg after a Remembrance Day Ceremony in the waterfront town before police were summoned.

Freelance photographer Alex Pearson says he witnessed the man reverse into a car hard enough on Lincoln Street that he actually moved the vehicle he hit several feet before lurching forward and driving off and taking out a couple of parking meters further down the street.

One of the meters went through the window of a Lincoln Street business. The man continued driving, and then hit a silver Kia Forte hard enough that one of its tires was jammed into the curb. After that, the man launched his truck into a store , breaking the building's framing,

Even though the tires on his truck were deflated from going over a curb, the driver continued on, side-swiping a silver SUV before hitting a stop sign on the corner of King and Montague Streets.

Pearson said one of the Legion members told him that the individual was allegedly intoxicated. Local police identified the man as a veteran, according to Pearson.

At 3:43 p.m. Lunenburg District RCMP responded to several 911 calls of a black truck that was driving erratically through Lunenburg. Police located the truck at the corner of King and Montague Streets, with the driver sitting outside the vehicle.

The investigation is ongoing and further charges are possible.

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