Don and Marydel Rosie of 208 Mapleton Drive were spending a quiet election evening at home when the white Ford Escape rode over the front lawn and crashed into the bungalow.
An investigation determined that the driver had tried to enter a nearby restaurant, but staff believed he was impaired and refused to serve him, police add.
“I was watching the hockey game in the bedroom and the next thing I hear a bang and I thought she dropped something heavy. The next thing I hear her yell and then bingo …,” Don said.
Barrie police say the man was refused service at a nearby pub because he appeared intoxicated. Staff at the pub were unable to stop the man from getting back in his vehicle and called police.
After crashing the SUV, the driver walked off but returned to the vehicle after a woman followed him, the couple said.
“Then he got in and tried to back the car up but he was a big guy so I couldn’t stop him,” Don said.
The driver remained in the car until Barrie police arrived about “three minutes” later and arrested him at the scene.
The restaurant staff tried to stop the man from returning to his vehicle and called police, officers say.
Marydel said it’s the second time a vehicle has gone through the three-way intersection at Marcellus and Mapleton and ended up on their front lawn.
A 23-year-old Barrie man is charged with impaired driving and dangerous driving. He is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 4.
Editors note: This story has been altered from an earlier version that said the vehicle narrowly missed the house.
NEWS RELEASE BARRIE POLICE SERVICE *************************** Shortly before 8 p.m. last night, Monday, Oct. 21, Barrie Police responded to a report of a vehicle that had collided with a house in the Mapleton Avenue and Marsellus Drive area of Barrie.
The investigation has determined that the driver had tried to enter a nearby restaurant, but as staff believed he appeared to be impaired, they refused to serve him. The restaurant staff attempted to stop the driver from returning to his vehicle and called police. The vehicle then left the property, where it traveled a short distance before hitting a nearby house.
Upon arrival, officers found the vehicle on the front lawn of the property, where it had come to a stop. The driver was located on scene and was not injured. Fortunately, no other injuries were reported.
A 23-year-old Barrie man has been charged with dangerous operation, and operation while impaired, and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice located in Barrie on Nov. 4, 2019.