Trucker charged with drunk driving after big rig crashes into Hwy. 401 ditch

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A trucker is facing eight charges including driving while impaired and driving with an open container of liquor after an early morning crash on Hwy. 401 in Southwestern Ontario.

Ontario Provincial Police say that on Monday at about 7:35 a.m., police officers responded to a transport truck that had crashed into the ditch along the westbound lanes of the 401 near the community of Dutton-Dunwich, located about 50 kilometres southwest of London.

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While speaking to the driver, an officer noticed signs of impairment and used a roadside screening test, which was failed, police say.

The driver tried to resist arrest, but was “subdued” and brought to the Elgin OPP detachment in St. Thomas, and no injuries were reported, police say. Investigators later learned that the driver had been violating conditions of a court order, police say.

Now, a 46-year-old from Brampton faces a raft of charges, including impaired driving, resisting a peace officer, failure to surrender a commercial vehicle registration and driving with an open container of liquor.

The accused has had their driver’s licence suspended for 90 days and their vehicle impounded for a week. The accused was held for a bail hearing but released with a St. Thomas court date on June 25.

Arrest made after home-invasion robbery

Chatham-Kent police have arrested a man sought in connection with a home-invasion robbery in March on Fairview Line in Chatham.

Michael VanDusen, 39, was arrested Saturday afternoon on Stanley Street in Chatham, police said. VanDusen was wanted on the following charges:

  • Breaking, entering and committing robbery
  • Pointing a firearm
  • Wearing a disguise with intent
  • Two counts of failing to comply with a release order
  • Five counts of possession of a firearm contrary to a prohibition order.

Police said two people wearing disguises forcibly entered a home on Fairview Line at about 8:20 p.m. on March 25. The intruders demanded money and left with several items. The homeowners were not injured, police said.

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