A 43-year-old man has been arrested and charged with impaired driving after police say he drove a minivan onto a crowded beach in Port Dover, Ont.
A blue minivan can be seen in a cellphone video backing down the beach mere metres from people. The vehicle enters a parking lot, then mounts a sidewalk and drives back onto the beach, forcing people to dive out of its way.
Bystanders can then be seen in the video pulling the minivan’s driver out of the vehicle.
Brandon Kitchen posted the footage on Facebook, where he called it the “scariest thing” and apologized for his profanity while filming it.
“Many open and empty booze bottles and him screaming as he's (restrained) by civilians ‘you will all pay for this,’” Kitchen wrote.
Ontario Provincial Police Const. Ed Sanchuk said on Twitter that police received reports just before noon on Saturday that several people were struck. In fact no one was injured, thanks to a father who managed to “move his kids out of harm’s way.”
“Thank you to the Good Samaritans that assisted by removing that male from the vehicle,” Sanchuk said.
“I can guarantee you those people saved other people’s lives,” he added.
Sanchuk said that the driver, who is from Stoney Creek, Ont., was “extremely intoxicated” and is facing charges including impaired driving, dangerous driving and breach of probation. The suspect’s name has not yet been released.
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