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Body recovered after car plunges into Lake Ontario; driver arrested

Last Updated Nov 6, 2018 at 11:28 am EDT

The body of a man was recovered from Lake Ontario after a car slammed through a guard rail in Oakville and landed in the water on Monday morning.

The driver of the car found his way out of the vehicle and then started to knock on doors in the area.

Halton regional police were called to the area of Maple Grove Drive and Lakeshore Road East around 3 a.m. after receiving a report of a person knocking on doors.

“Officers were called to a report of a male banging on a residence. Upon attending, they found the male who was soaking wet at the back of a residence,” Det. Const. Martin Dick said at the scene. The man was then arrested.

Aaron Dobbs, 22, is facing charges for impaired driving causing death and refusing to provide a breath sample. Peel Paramedics and OPSEU 277 confirm Dobbs is a newly-hired paramedic with the service.

Police found his car in the lake at the end of Maple Grove and continued to search the surrounding area for other possible occupants. They located the body of a man on a shoreline nearby around 12 p.m.

“Our investigation led us to believe that there may have been another person associated or inside the vehicle … and we did locate a body approximately 600 metres west of the collision scene,” said Det. Const. Ryan Anderson.

Police say the deceased victim is a 27-year-old man from Mississauga. His identity will not be released at the request of his family.

The car has since been pulled out of the water.