Man charged after passenger critically injured in rollover

Ottawa police officer charged after 2-vehicle crash

A 24-year-old man faces multiple charges after his female passenger was critically injured in a single-vehicle crash on Merivale Road early Sunday morning.

The man and the woman, 22, were involved in a high-speed rollover shortly after 2:30 a.m., according to Ottawa paramedics. 

The woman received a serious head injury and was taken to hospital in critical condition.

Impaired driving, criminal negligence

The man has been charged with criminal negligence causing bodily harm, impaired driving causing bodily harm and operating a vehicle with a blood-alcohol level over 80 milligrams, police said. 

He was unhurt and was arrested at the scene, police said in a press release Sunday. 

Collision investigators were at the scene for several hours, police said.

Merivale Road was closed in both directions between Beckstead Road and Prince of Wales Drive, as well as at Queen Anne Crescent. 

The roads reopened Sunday afternoon. The man is expected to appear in court Monday morning.