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Lincoln driver charged with impaired after truck hits house, light pole

Investigators also located a downed stop sign and damaged hydro boxes which resulted in Welland area power outages
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On Tuesday April 7, 2020 at 11:55 p.m., officers were called to a report of a car into a house collision in Welland.

3 District Welland uniform officers with the Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) attended the area of Trent Avenue and First Avenue in Welland for the fail to remain collision. The investigation determined that a white 2007 Ford F150 pickup had traveled across a lawn and struck a house as well as a light pole before leaving the scene. Road side garbage left out for pickup was also found strewn about the street after being struck by the Ford.

Officers located the Ford and driver stopped at a gas station in the area of Hwy 20 and Regional 24. The driver attempted to flee the officers but he lost control of the Ford and drove it into a nearby ditch.

The uninjured driver was arrested at the scene.

Kirk Elmer Alton (43 years old) of Lincoln has been arrested and charged with the alleged Criminal Code of Canada offences of:
    •    Dangerous driving
    •    Impaired operation of a motor vehicle
    •    Fail to remain
    •    Over 80 - exceed 80 mgs

Alton was held in custody pending sobriety and released on a Form 10 Undertaking with a May 1, 2020 court date at the Welland Courthouse (103 Main St., Welland).

Alton has been issued an administrative driver's licence suspension (ADLS). The ADLS, which is issued to everyone charged with similar driving offences. The ADLS prohibits him from operating a motor vehicle for 90 days from date it was issued.

Officers also located a down a stop sign and two damaged hydro boxes. The damaged hydro boxes resulted in some power outages in Welland. The exact path the driver took is still being determined by investigators.

Residents and businesses in the area of the collision with closed circuit video footage are also asked to review their recordings.

Anyone who may have witnessed this matter or have information are asked to call 905-688-4111, ext. 3300.