July 12, 2018 2:59 pm

Man, 61, arrested following collision on Highway 400

A 61-year-old man was arrested by OPP following a collision on Highway 400.

The Canadian Press

A 61-year-old man was arrested after police say he fled the scene of a collision on Highway 400.

According to police, the initial collision occurred on the northbound side of Highway 400 at Highway 88 at around 10 a.m. Thursday morning.

OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt says as a result of the crash, one of the vehicles fled the area, continuing northbound, eventually stopping at the Tanger Outlet mall at Highway 89.

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Schimdt says witnesses who observed the collision followed the vehicle and provided updates to police of the driver’s whereabouts and what was occurring.

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According to Schmidt, the driver parked the car in the outlet mall’s parking lot and exited the vehicle, prompting witnesses to attempt to restrain him.

Schmidt says a few minutes later members of the OPP and South Simcoe police arrived on scene. Officers arrested the man and took him into custody.

Schmidt says the driver was taken to hospital to be treated for minor injuries as a result of the collision. According to police, no one else was injured in the incident.

Schmidt says the 61-year-old man is likely facing a list of charges, including impaired driving, dangerous driving, and several charges of breaching recognizance and court orders. Schmidt says additional charges relating to the collision may also be forthcoming as the investigation continues. He notes that at this time the driver has not yet been officially charged.

According to police, the passenger of the vehicle wandered off from the area, however, Schmidt says he is not a person of interest.

Schmidt says the investigation is ongoing with the assistance of the OPP traffic support unit, the OPP highway safety division, crime unit and members of the Aurora OPP and South Simcoe police.

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