December 10, 2008

Champagne caps man’s car lot rampage

Police in Burlington, Ontario, are baffled as to why a man went on a destructive rampage at a car dealership, urinated on vehicles and then sipped champagne.

Halton Regional Police were called at 11:30 p.m. Monday night to Roseland Motors by a witness, the Burlington Post reported Wednesday.

Sgt. Brian Carr said the man used his Mazda pickup truck to smash into at least five parked vehicles. He then drove through the front doors of the Volkswagen dealership, but became stuck, the Hamilton Spectator said.

Witnesses said he then ran around the lot, urinating on vehicles before returning to his truck.

He reached inside and pulled out a bottle of Champagne and a glass, climbed up onto the roof of his truck, dropped his pants and committed an indecent act, Carr said.

Police arrived just as the man was throwing debris at a tow truck driver, the report said.

Carr said the man had almost no alcohol on his breath and there was not a mental health issue with him.

Roseland shop manager Brett Legatt estimated damage to be between $10,000 and $15,000.

Police charged Guillaume Mercier, 38, with mischief over $5,000 and committing an indecent act. He was released and will appear in court next month, police said.