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At approximately 06:50am on Friday October 6th 2017, police in the Town of Milton and Halton Hills responded to a single motor vehicle collision that occurred on Highway 7 at Lakeview Avenue, Acton in the Town of Halton Hills.

While enroute to the call Police received further calls from citizens reporting that a male near the collision scene was trying to flag down motorists.

When officers arrived they found the vehicle abandoned and the driver having fled the scene.

An investigation was conducted and the driver was later identified and arrested.

The accused Joseph ARAUJO (22yrs) of Rockwood has been held for bail and is now charged with the following offences:

• Four counts of driving while disqualified
• Fail to comply with probation order
• Fail to remain at a collision
• Fail to report an accident
• Driving while under suspension

The vehicle, a 2017 grey Chevrolet Cruz, which was loaned to the accused is now subject to a 45 day Vehicle Impoundment Program seizure.

The arresting officer Cst. David Rivers, of the 1 District Response Team stated, “It’s important for all vehicle owners to take the appropriate steps to ensure that they permit only licensed drivers to operate their vehicles. In this case that was not done and the owner is now without a car for 45 days and is responsible for the tow and storage costs which will be considerable. In this case it’s fortunate that no one was hurt or seriously injured.”

Police are asking for anyone with information concerning this collision to contact the Staff Sergeant at Milton Police Station at 905 825 4747 ext. 2410 or Crime Stoppers “See something, Hear something, Say something” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS, through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca or by texting “Tip 201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).