Witnesses nab man who fled series of car crashes with bottle of alcohol: police

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A man in his 20s is facing multiple charges Monday morning after fleeing a series of car crashes on Highway 20 Sunday evening that left two persons injured — one of them seriously.

According to the Sûreté du Québec, a man was nabbed by witnesses after he abandoned a car and tried to flee the scene while carrying a bottle of alcohol.

The provincial police force said the incident began around 6 p.m., when officers at the detachment in the regional municipality of Des Maskoutains received several reports of a dark car being driven in a reckless manner on westbound Highway 20 near Sainte-Hélène-de-Bagot.

Reports said the driver was speeding excessively and had already collided with three other vehicles over a distance of five kilometres. One of the struck vehicles ran off the road and rolled over. The occupants, a man and woman in their 50s, were hurt. The woman suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries while the man was slightly injured.

Police said the driver finally abandoned his car and tried to flee while carrying a bottle of alcohol but was caught by witnesses who detained him until the arrival of police.

An SQ spokesperson said the man will face charges of impaired driving, dangerous driving causing injury and leaving the scene of an accident.