Intoxicated man takes the wheel and flees scene after his 12-year-old chauffeur rear-ends other car in South Dundas

An SD&G OPP police cruiser. Nation Valley News file photo

MORRISBURG — An inebriated South Dundas man was the passenger of a 12-year-old driver when his young chauffeur plowed into the rear end of another vehicle, prompting the adult in the offending vehicle to take the driver’s seat and flee the scene.

The curious case came to light with the SD&G OPP’s report today (June 10) of several charges laid against the 41-year-old man in the aftermath of the May 18 crash occurring around 3:40 p.m. in front of Canadian Tire on County Rd. 2.  He faces two counts of impaired driving and two accompanying counts of driving with a blood-alcohol level over .08 percent, plus single counts of dangerous driving and failing to remain at the scene of an accident.

Police maintain the man qualifies as an “impaired driver” even during the period when the youth was driving on his behalf, SD&G OPP Const. Tylor Copeland confirmed. Half of the impaired-related charges otherwise relate to the point when he assumed direct control of the vehicle — after it had rear-ended the other car that was waiting to turn left.

The 12-year-old has not been charged with anything, Copeland also confirmed.

The youth’s involvement only became known to police after they arrested the man on June 6. The accused has been released to appear June 27 in Cornwall court. Police have withheld his name “to protect the identity of the young person involved,” according to the detachment.


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