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Man accused of crashing one vehicle, taking another, attempting to steal a third

32-year-old faces numerous charges as a result
2017-04-28 Sault Police Patch DMH-1
File photo. Donna Hopper/SooToday

Sault Police have arrested and charged Peter Beaton following a collision on Fournier Road on Sunday.

A Sault Ste. Marie Police Service news release states that the 32-year-old driver struck a utility pole, fled the scene and stole a vehicle from a residence on Frontenac Street.

Police further allege the accused later attempted to steal vehicle keys from an individual on Tancred Street.

Beaton was eventually arrested at a Bay Street business.

Full text of the news release follows:

On Nov. 15, 2020, officers with Patrol Services arrested 32-year-old Peter Beaton for theft of a motor vehicle.

It’s alleged the accused was driving a vehicle in the area of Queen Street and Fournier Road and he struck a utility pole in the 0-100 block of Fournier Road. At this time he fled the area on foot.

After leaving the scene, it is further alleged he entered a residence in the 800 block of Frontenac Street, took keys to a car and fled the area in the vehicle. Officers received calls of a vehicle driving erratically in the Trunk Road area, as well as Wellington Street and Pine Street, including driving at a high rate of speed through a red light.

The accused parked the vehicle on Tancred Street. He then approached a victim and attempted to take the keys to their vehicle. He was unable to get the keys and fled into a business in the 200 block of Bay Street.

Officers located the accused and he was arrested.

Officers developed grounds to believe his ability to operate a motor vehicle was impaired. He is charged with impaired driving – alcohol and drugs, taking a motor vehicle without consent, failing to remain at a collision, driving while suspended, break and enter, theft of a motor vehicle, robbery, resisting arrest and dangerous driving.

He was held for bail court.