An alleged impaired driver caused $200,000 damage after striking six vehicles, pushing one of them through an intersection into the front entrance of The Bargain Shop in Port Colborne Wednesday morning.
Niagara Regional Police, Port Colborne Fire and Emergency Services and Niagara EMS paramedics all responded to King and Clarence Sts. for the report of a car into a building.
Once on scene, firefighters discovered a number of cars on King St. had been struck by a Dodge Ram truck, driven by 51-year-old Dave Taylor.
In a release, police said Taylor was headed southbound on King St. near Elgin when his vehicle collided with a parked vehicle in front of Port Colborne Public Library
He continued on, striking a vehicle stopped in traffic, and failed to stop for either collision.
Police said Taylor continued southbound on King and struck another vehicle by Meridian Credit Union, before hitting a Honda stopped for a red light at the corner of King and Clarence Sts.
Taylor’s Dodge was only driving on three wheels when it struck the two vehicles near the intersection, the right front one having come off at some point between the second and third vehicles struck.
The Honda was pushed through the intersection into the just renovated Bargain Shop, going through the store’s brand new entrance.
Luckily, no one was on the sidewalk when the Honda travelled through. And, only one person inside the store suffered minor injuries in the incident. That person, and the Honda driver, who also suffered minor injuries, were both transported to hospital by paramedics.
Police said Taylor continued on King St. and struck two more vehicles before his vehicle finally came to a stop near Charlotte St.
He then fled the scene on foot and was followed by a witness. Police located the witness and Taylor just behind the library on Elgin and Catharine Sts.
Taylor was arrested and later charged with six counts of failing to stop at the scene of an accident and with impaired operation of a motor vehicle, and operating a motor vehicle in excess of 80 mgs of alcohol.
This video was taken by surveillance cameras on a building at the corner of King and Clarence Sts. and shows Taylor’s Dodge Ram striking the third vehicle and the Honda.