Toronto Police dealt with an unusual situation shortly after midnight on Wednesday morning after receiving a call of a male driver who was crashing into multiple storefronts. The male was arrested after he crashed his car into ten different storefronts and causing damage to multiple buildings. The driver is now facing multiple charges.
According to CBC,the male driver got behind the wheel of a black Mercedes and began driving it around in the Leaside area. Shortly after midnight, the man began crashing the vehicle into a variety of storefronts around Eglinton Ave E and Laird Drive.
Some of the locations that were crashed into throughout the early morning were a Home Depot, Marshall's, Sobey's, an Oshkosh outlet and ever the doorway of a mosque. While the reasoning behind why the driver was crashing into these buildings is unknown, Toronto Police told CBC that investigators believe that the driver was not impaired by drugs or alcohol during the time of these crashes.
After Toronto Police received a call about the driver, they attempted to pursue the suspect on the Don Valley Parkway but were unsuccessful.
However, at around 3:30 AM the driver was located and arrested in Scarborough before he was transferred to the 55 Division.
Business owners near Eglinton and Laird woke up to broken glass and bent door frames this morning after a Mercedes… https://t.co/arWzpvX74x— Linda Ward (@Linda Ward) 1559138072
The driver, who has not been named by Toronto Police, is now facing several charges including mischief, flight from police and dangerous driving. He is expected to appear in court later today.
Surprisingly enough, this isn't the first time that an Ontario driver has plowed through storefronts and buildings. Back in January, Durham Regional Police were investigating a crash that involved a woman crashing her car through a community center.
A video of that incident shows a red car crashing through the doors of a community center and then plows through the lobby. It also shows a person nearly being hit, but luckily there were no injuries at the time.
The car then proceeds to drive through the lobby before crashing into a pool.
The woman, in that case, faced multiple charges, but she was also not charged with impaired driving. Police also revealed that mental health may have been a factor in that collision and had detained the driver under Ontario's Mental Health Act. It's not known whether police are exploring mental health as a possibility in the crashes last night.