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Flower box crash leads to dangerous driving, impaired charges for 29-year-old (video)

Police say the accused was found unresponsive behind the wheel after striking a parked car, cement garden
A blue pickup truck came to rest on the concrete bench installed on the city's circle garden on the corner of Cathcart and Huron Streets on Monday morning.

A 29-year-old faces impaired driving charges after an incident that occurred earlier this week, Sault Ste. Marie Police said in a news release issued earlier today. 

Police say they responded to a call at around 9:20 a.m. yesterday of a single-vehicle crash in the area of Huron Street and Cathcart Street where a pickup truck had struck a cement garden.

Officers say they found the accused unresponsive in the driver's seat of the truck with the engine still running. Officers tried unsuccessfully to wake the accused before allegedly noticing drug paraphernalia in the vehicle, developing grounds to believe the accused was impaired. 

Officers then administered naloxone and the accused was transported to hospital.

Upon further investigation, police say they discovered that the accused had also struck a parked vehicle in the 400 block while travelling eastbound on Cathcart Street. The accused then fled before striking the cement garden at the corner of Huron Street and Cathcart Street.

Police say the accused is also a suspended driver. 

After being treated at hospital, Tony Agawa, 29, was arrested and charged with:

  • Impaired driving – alcohol and drugs,
  • Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle,
  • Failure to stop after an accident; and
  • Failing to comply with an undertaking by occupying the driver seat of a motor vehicle.

He was held for bail court.

EDITOR'S NOTE: SooToday received the following video from a reader. It shows the vehicle shortly before the collision.