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Man charged after driving into house on Logan Avenue

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A Dodge Ram pickup truck sits stuck in a snowbank on Logan Ave. after hitting numerous cars and a house.


A Dodge Ram pickup truck sits stuck in a snowbank on Logan Ave. after hitting numerous cars and a house. Photo Store

A 60-year-old Winnipeg man faces several charges, including impaired driving, after a vehicle struck a house on Logan Avenue Saturday night.

At about 10:15 p.m., the Winnipeg Police Service was dispatched to the 1200 block of Logan Avenue after a report that a vehicle had struck a house.

Police said before the collision, the suspect left a wake of destruction starting near McPhillips Street and Selkirk Avenue.

The southbound Dodge Ram pickup knocked off a railway crossing arm and light standard, continued on and struck a Toyota Rav 4 being driven by a 47-year-old Winnipeg man.

The truck continued southbound while the driver of the Rav 4 was later transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said the suspect continued southbound on McPhillips, swerving from lane to lane, eventually striking a yield sign.  

Approaching Logan, the accused drove over the median into northbound traffic, striking a Cadillac before heading west on Logan. The occupant of the Cadillac suffered no injuries.

The vehicle, now westbound on Logan,  swerved across all lanes of traffic when it glanced off an eastbound taxi. The taxi driver was not hurt and the suspect continued west down Logan, still swerving from lane to lane.

A 2007 Pontiac Montana was travelling eastbound when the 36-year-old female driver observed the erratic pickup speeding towards her.

She was unable to avoid a collision as the suspect swerved into her lane, striking her van. She was later transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

After striking the van, the suspect continued across the boulevard and through a fence, finally hitting  a house.

Police said tthe suspect put his truck in reverse and attempted to drive away. The truck became stuck in a snowbank, which is where officers found him, still attempting to free the truck from the snowbank. 

Officers took him into custody. The suspect was transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries sustained during his many collisions.

Kenneth Francis Villeneuve is charged with three counts of impaired driving causing harm, dangerous operation of a vehicle and failing to stop at the scene of an accident.

He was detained at the Provincial Remand Centre.


Updated on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 11:20 PM CST: Adds photo.

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