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Driver with wood protruding from open doors on Ontario highway arrested

Last Updated May 11, 2019 at 5:47 pm PDT

This screengrab from a video posted to Facebook shows the car carrying wood with doors wide open on the highway. (Source: Facebook/David Fafinski)
Summary

The driver triggered a lot of double-takes on the QEW, an Ontario highway, near the Burlington Skyway last week

Hamilton police say they were able to link the car in the viral video to an alleged theft back in April

TORONTO (680 NEWS) – A driver spotted carrying a load of wood in a four-door sedan with the rear doors of the car wide open on the highway has been taken into custody in Hamilton, Ontario.

The driver triggered a lot of double-takes on the QEW, an Ontario highway, near the Burlington Skyway last week.

Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said the 42-year-old man from Hamilton is likely facing several charges connected to the incident. He is also facing a charge in connection with two alleged break-and-enters.

Hamilton police say they were able to link the car in the viral video to an alleged theft back in April.

A man and woman were first spotted on video driving the vehicle inside a compound on Brockley Drive in Hamilton on April 13. They allegedly stole 1,000 lbs of bulk steel with an estimated value of $3,000.

On April 22, the couple allegedly tried to gain entry to the same compound but failed.

After seeing the video, investigators were able to determine where the vehicle was and seized the 1991 red Chevrolet Lumina from an address in Hamilton.

At the time of the highway video release, Schmidt said the driver was likely breaking several laws.

“This is dangerous,” he said. “This is an over-width, careless driving, insecure load. You are compromising the vehicle safety, you can’t see outside your mirrors when you’re looking out the side mirrors as well. Lots of issues to be addressed.”

The video was posted on Facebook by David Fafinski. It shows the back doors creeping into other lanes and the car’s trunk propped open.