Kleefeld man accused of drunk driving, abandoning child
A 30-year-old man from Kleefeld, Man., is facing a number of charges, including impaired driving, resisting arrest and child abandonment, following a two-vehicle crash on Friday afternoon.
RCMP say they were called to the collision scene at the intersection of Provincial Road 216 and College Avenue in Kleefeld at around 3:30 p.m.
Officers determined that after a blue 1998 Dodge Ram pickup truck had collided with a Pontiac transport van, the driver of the Ram drove away without checking on the people inside the van.
Police said the injuries sustained in the collision were not life-threatening.
Since the driver of the truck was not at the scene, officers had to piece together what happened using witness statements and other investigative methods, said Steinbach RCMP Cpl. Kyle McFadyen.
"We determined, actually, that his three-year-old child was in the vehicle at the time of the collision and after leaving the scene — I'm not sure what his intentions were, but obviously to evade being detected — he left that child outside at his residence unattended and there was no parent home," McFadyen told CBC News late Friday.
"Then he subsequently went and tried to hide, and that's where we had caught him."
The driver was unruly as he was being arrested, said McFadyen, who added that the man provided breath test results 2½ times above the legal limit.
RCMP did not release the man's name. He faces charges of dangerous driving causing bodily harm, impaired driving causing bodily harm, leaving the scene of an accident, child abandonment and resisting arrest.
McFadyen said the child is currently in the custody of the mother, who was not present when the incident happened.
Kleefeld is located about 60 kilometres south of Winnipeg.