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Impaired driving suspect’s vehicle ends up on roof in swamp

Officers jumped into the swamp off of Paris Street Monday night to pull the man from his vehicle, which was submerged in a few feet of water

A 49-year-old man involved in a single-vehicle collision in Greater Sudbury’s South End Monday evening escaped with his life after the quick actions of police officers.

Greater Sudbury Police said in a press release that around 7:30 p.m. Aug. 29, officers were dispatched to the area of Paris Street and Centennial Drive in relation to a single-vehicle collision.

Officers quickly arrived on scene and located the vehicle on its roof in a swamp, submerged in a few feet of water, with the driver still inside.

Officers jumped into the swamp to rescue the man from the vehicle, as water was pouring into the SUV. 

The driver was pulled out of the vehicle and moved to safety to be assessed by paramedics. He sustained minor injuries as a result of the collision.

Police say the driver displayed obvious signs of impairment, and as a result, he was arrested for impaired driving and dangerous driving. He was transported to police headquarters, where he blew over the legal limit.

The driver was released on an undertaking, with a Nov. 2 court date. Police have not released the man's name, as the information has not yet been sworn to through the court process.

“We would like to commend the responding officers for their quick actions that ultimately may have saved the man’s life,” said a press release from Greater Sudbury Police."