Lethbridge Police have charged a 35-year-old man in connection with an impaired driving crash that caused a huge amount of damage.

At about 4:15 p.m. on February 16, police were called to the scene of a crash involving a vehicle and an apartment complex in the 1300 block of 23 Avenue N.

An investigation found that a Toyota Corolla was westbound on 23 Ave. N. when it lost control, struck a tree, then slammed into a ground-level apartment.

The vehicle then backed out of the apartment and drove northbound on 14 St. where it sideswiped a parked truck, then crashed into another vehicle and fence in a driveway.

The driver then fled the scene, but was found about a block away.

Christian Alejandro Ortiz, 35, has been charged with:

  • Impaired driving
  • Dangerous driving
  • Failing to remain at the scene of a collision

No one was injured in the incident.

Damage is estimated at well over $10,000.