Man facing multiple charges after truck crashes into empty pool

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A truck that was reported stolen last week and crashed into an unfinished pool in Niagara-on-the-Lake last week wasn’t stolen after all, according to Niagara Regional Police.

Almost a week after the incident, police have arrested and charged 36-year-old Grant Barlow of Niagara-on-the Lake with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, public mischief and failure to remain at the scene.

Barlow is the owner of the truck. Last week he told police it had been stolen.

Nick DaCosta was letting his dogs out at around 5:30 a.m. at his NOTL home on Concession 7 Road when he discovered the black GMC Sierra in his pool.

DaCosta provided The Lake Report with security footage from the incident showing the truck crashing into the pool at 2:45 a.m. Not long after, another clip shows the man stumbling out and leaving the scene.

“If his steering wheel was turned a few more inches to the right, he would of (sic) crashed into our daughter’s nursery,” DaCosta’s wife, Vicky DaCosta, wrote in a Facebook post.

The man stumbled home and later confessed his actions to DaCosta in-person at his home, according to DaCosta.

The pool was set to be finished in a few weeks. Due to damage from the crash, the pool won’t be ready until next year.

Police said the pool is valued at about $100,000, but it’s unclear how much damage it actually sustained. DaCosta said he imagines the damages will cost anywhere between $45,000 and $65,000, though he’s heard mixed verbal quotes.

Barlow will have a bail hearing on Aug. 2 via video link. It will take place at the Robert S.K. Welch Courthouse in St. Catharines.

Somer Slobodian, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Lake Report

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