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Two people charged with impaired in separate Sunday crashes

One of the crashes happened near Chase McEachern Way and Bayfield Street in downtown Barrie, while the other was on Wellington Street East
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Two people have been charged with impaired driving following a pair of crashes on Sunday in Barrie. 

Barrie police say the first collision was reported at 2:28 a.m., Dec. 4. Police say a 22 year-old Orillia man struck a parked car, reversed into a second and almost struck a pedestrian as he fled the scene.

The suspect vehicle was seen in the area of Chase McEachern Way and Bayfield Street in downtown Barrie where the collisions had occurred as police were speaking with witnesses.

A short distance away, city police say responding officers were able to safely get the car stopped and took the driver into custody.

The suspect was transported to Barrie Police Headquarters and subsequently charged with operation of a motor vehicle while impaired, adult operator drive over 80 milligrams, and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

The second crash occurred at 9:46 p.m., Sunday, on Wellington Street East. Police say a driver lost control on a corner, struck a utility pole and then the vehicle rolled over. Police say the driver ran from the scene, but with the assistance of witnesses, was located nearby and arrested without incident.

A 50-year-old Barrie man male was taken to police headquarters where the investigation continued. The man has been charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, operation while impaired, adult operator drive over 80 milligrams as well as a number of Highway Traffic Act charges, and one under the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act.

Police say both drivers, who were uninjured in the crashes, are scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice located in Barrie on Dec. 19 to answer to the charges that have been laid.