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Man, 60, charged in series of crashes

Truck hit house, several vehicles

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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 on Saturday night.

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

Prior to the Logan Avenue collision, the suspect allegedly left a wake of destruction starting near McPhillips Street and Selkirk Avenue, where the southbound 2004 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup knocked off a railway crossing arm and light standard, continued on and struck a 2012 Toyota Rav 4 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.

The pickup continued southbound on McPhillips, swerving from lane to lane, eventually hitting a yield sign. Approaching Logan, the accused allegedly drove over the median into northbound traffic, striking a Cadillac before heading west on Logan. The occupant of the Cadillac wasn't injured, police said Sunday.

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

A 2007 Pontiac Montana was travelling eastbound when the 36-year-old female driver saw the erratic truck speeding towards her. Slowing down, she was unable to avoid a collision as the pickup swerved into her lane, striking her minivan. She was later transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

After striking the van, the pickup truck continued across the boulevard and through a fence before coming to a stop against a house. Not giving up, the suspect allegedly put the truck in reverse and tried to drive away. The pickup became stuck in a snowbank, where officers found him trying to free the truck, police said.

Officers took him into custody.

The suspect was transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries suffered during the many collisions the truck was involved in.

Kenneth Francis Villeneuve faces numerous charges. He was detained at the Winnipeg Remand Centre.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 23, 2013 A7

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