An out of control vehicle was in danger of slamming into police and pedestrians at Smithville Poultryfest over the weekend.

Instead, the car plowed into a tree on a front lawn.

It happened around 7 p.m. on Saturday, Niagara police say. Officers were directing traffic at the Poultryfest concert at the Smithville Fairgrounds when a car going east lost control coming around a bend. It skidded off the road, over the sidewalk and onto the front lawn of a home, where it hit a large, old tree and then spun into a chain link fence, police say.

"With so many pedestrians in the immediate vicinity, this collision could have been much more serious," said Sgt. Les Vuyk.

The driver, who was alone in the car, was arrested for impaired driving and taken to West Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Grimsby for non-life threatening injuries. A blood sample was seized to determine the man’s blood alcohol concentration, police say.

A 27-year-old Hamilton man was charged with impaired driving and dangerous operation of a vehicle.