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Driver charged after hitting at least 15 cars with stolen cube van, Toronto police say

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WATCH: : A man in his 30s is in custody after allegedly hitting at least 15 vehicles while driving in a Junction neighbourhood. Erica Vella has details on the arrest.

Toronto police say a driver has been charged after allegedly crashing a stolen cube van into at least 15 vehicles and a home on Friday.

Police said officers were called to the area of Perth Avenue and Dupont Street, near Dundas Street West, just before noon with reports of multiple collisions.

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Man arrested after 15 vehicles hit in Toronto’s Junction neighbourhood

Initial reports from the scene suggested around seven vehicles had been struck, but when officers arrived at the scene a spokesperson said they found at least 15 vehicles and a home that had been struck.

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Police said the vehicles had varying degrees of damage and the home was not severely damaged. No injuries were reported.

Officers initially said it was believed the driver was impaired at the time of the collision and that the man was being taken to be assessed by a breath technician. However, officials later told Global News the accused was not impaired.

Global News obtained surveillance video from a home in the area appearing to show part of the incident. In the video, a white cube van can be seen crashing into a Jeep before fleeing the scene. People can then be seen chasing after the van.

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A witness at the scene told Global News people who chased after the driver were eventually caught up with the accused, holding him until police arrived.

Police said the man in his 30s has since been taken into custody. Meanwhile, officials said the cube van was reported as being stolen.

The accused was charged with dangerous driving, failure to stop at the scene of an accident, possession of property obtained by crime and two counts of driving while prohibited. He is scheduled to appear in a Toronto court Saturday morning.

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