Woman charged after vehicle with young occupants found submerged in Brock

Police say a 40-year-old woman faces alcohol-related charges after a vehicle was found submerged in water in Brock Township.

Durham Regional Police say two officers and several citizens came to the aid of three occupants after finding a vehicle submerged in water shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday night (July 29).

Officers from Central East Division were driving back to the region when they heard a call for a serious collision in the area of Regional Road 13 and Highway 12 in Brock Township. The officers found a Dodge Journey on its roof submerged in water.

Police originally said the officers, with the assistance of several citizens, were able to smash the glass and extract a 7-year old boy and his 12-year-old sister who were trapped inside. On Sunday, police sent an updated release, indicating the 12-year-old had escaped prior to police arrival, while the driver was still trapped in the vehicle. EMS assisted and took the occupants to local hospital.

Police say the vehicle was originally westbound on Regional Road 13 when it lost control, striking a hydro pole and flipping onto its roof. The vehicle ended up in swampy water by the side of the road.

The 40-year-old female driver of the vehicle was charged with Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle x2 and Fail to Provide Breath Sample x2. She was released on a Promise to Appear. Her name is being withheld to protect the identity of the children.

Anyone with information about this incident or witnessed this collision is asked to call North Division at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 2672.

Anonymous information can be sent to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca and tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 cash reward.

Note: Police initially said the woman charged was 30 years old and have since said she was actually 40. This article has been updated to reflect the correction.