Motorist charged after driving truck into Northland Animal Hospital

A 34-year-old man is facing a trio of charges after he allegedly drove his truck through the front door of the Northland Animal Hospital, injuring at least one person in the process.

On Monday, around 2:10 p.m., 911 operators received a call from the accused and Northland staff over an ongoing dispute.

Shortly thereafter, operators received a report from Northland that the accused had driven his truck through the front door of the building and then fled the scene.

One person received medical attention after being hit with flying glass during the crash.

When officers attended the scene at 695 Trunk Road, the accused called 911 again to tell police he was on his way to Sault Ste. Marie Police Service headquarters to turn himself in.

The suspect arrived at police headquarters around 2:35 p.m. and was placed under arrest.

Christopher Dupuis is being charged with assault with a weapon, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and mischief over $5,000.

He was later released on an undertaking and is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 26.

Despite the significant damage to its front entrance, the Northland Animal Hospital is still operating under its normal business hours, although clients will need to use the building's side entrance for now.

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Kyle Darbyson, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Sault Star