75-year-old man faces DUI charges after multi-vehicle crash

RCMP release:

East Hants District RCMP have charged a man with impaired driving offences after investigating a three-vehicle collision in Mount Uniacke.

On June 27, at 10:45 a.m., East Hants District RCMP, along with fire and EHS, responded to a three-vehicle collision in the 200-block of Hwy 1.

The initial investigation suggests that a Mazda CX-5 was stopped in the westbound lane of Hwy. 1, waiting to turn left onto Richard John Dr., when it was struck from behind by a Dodge Ram. The Mazda was pushed into the opposing lane, where it collided head-on with a Chevrolet Silverado travelling eastbound.

The driver of the Mazda, a 72-year-old woman from Lower Sackville, was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries. The two youth passengers were taken to hospital with minor injuries. The driver of the Chevrolet, a 55-year-old man from East Uniacke, was also taken to hospital with minor injuries. The passenger of the Dodge Ram, a 64-year-old woman from Scotch Village, was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Officers noted that the driver of the Dodge Ram, a 75-year-old man from Scotch Village, was displaying signs of impairment. When a demand was made by officers for a sample of the man’s breath, he refused and was arrested.

Donald Russell Harvey has been charged with the following offences:

  • Impaired Operation of a Conveyance Causing Bodily Harm (2 counts)
  • Refusal to Comply with Demand (2 counts)
  • Obstruct a Peace Officer

He was remanded into custody and will appear in Shubenacadie Provincial Court on June 28 at 9:30 a.m.

The road was closed for a number of hours as a collision reconstructionist attended the scene. The investigation is ongoing.

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