Peel paramedic charged with impaired driving causing death after car crashes into Lake Ontario in Oakville


A new Peel Region Paramedic has been charged with impaired driving in a bizarre and deadly incident in which a car crashed into Lake Ontario in Oakville, killing one.

The Peel Region Paramedics union confirmed in a tweet Tuesday morning that Aaron Dobbs, 22, is a new member.

The scene at the end of Maple Grove Dr. in Oakville where a vehicle was driven into Lake Ontario in a suspected impaired driving crash early Monday morning.
The scene at the end of Maple Grove Dr. in Oakville where a vehicle was driven into Lake Ontario in a suspected impaired driving crash early Monday morning.  (Nikki Wesley/Metroland)

“We can confirm that the accused in yesterday’s Oakville crash into the lake was one of our new members,” the tweet read. “Our thoughts are with the families of those impacted. We are unable to comment further as the matter is before the courts.”

Dobbs has been charged with impaired driving causing death and refusing to provide a breath sample. He was held for a bail hearing Tuesday.

Halton police’s Marine Unit discovered the body of a 27-year-old Mississauga man shortly after 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 5 to the west of Maple Grove Dr., near the former site of Edgemere Estate, a landmark property in Oakville’s “gold coast” of mega-mansions.

The body belonged to an adult passenger in the car, police said.

Speaking to reporters at the scene, Const. Ryan Anderson said police found the body on the shore about 600 metres west of the crash site, adding he could not speculate on how the body got to the location where it was found.

“How the deceased ended up there I don’t know,” he said.

Police said they are not releasing the name of the victim at the request of his family.

No one else was believed to be in the car at the time, police said.

Halton police were initially called to the area of Maple Grove Dr. and Lakeshore Rd. E. just after 3 a.m. Monday morning to investigate reports someone was knocking on doors.

Officers found a man in the area and a navy blue Chrysler four-door sedan in the lake at the dead end of Maple Grove.

Police haven’t ruled out more serious charges in the incident.

With files from the Oakville Beaver

Louie Rosella is a reporter with The Mississauga News and Brampton Guardian. He can be reached at lrosella@metroland.com





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