At first, provincial police thought they were dealing with a run-of-the-mill driving-without-lights case.
It turns out the suspect, a 19-year-old Johnstown man, was driving without a front end on his car. And was allegedly drunk while doing it.
Leeds OPP say they were alerted at about 1 a.m. Friday of the vehicle travelling on County Road 42. They tracked the car down on County Road 28 in Elizabethtown-Kitley Township, north of Brockville.
“As far as I know, there were no lights, nothing on the front end of the car,” said OPP spokeswoman Const. Sandra Barr.
John McDonald was charged with impaired driving and having more than 80 mg of alcohol in his blood.
An investigation continues into an apparent hit-and-run crash earlier in the evening on County Road 42 that is suspected to have resulted in the front-end damage.
It was the detachment’s second call involving drinking and “improper lighting” in less than three hours.
At about 10:45 p.m. Thursday, OPP were were called about a transport truck driving “all over” Highway 401 with only one headlight.
Patrol officers tracked down and stopped the vehicle in Front of Yonge Township.
Simona Barabas, 44, of Woodstock, NB, faces charges of impaired driving and driving with more than 80 mgs of alcohol in her blood. She also faces charges of having improper headlights and for having open liquor.
Both accused are scheduled to appear in Brockville court Jan. 25.
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