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21-year-old Ottawa man charged after Carp retiree crushed by car

Sunday, August 17, 2003

A 21-year-old Ottawa man faces charges after a "drunken argument" ended in the death of 56-year-old Carp-area retired civil servant Paul Bradley.

James Atherford has been charged with criminal negligence causing death and failure to remain at the scene of an accident.

On Friday night, police say Mr. Bradley's son and another man left a bar in Aylmer and went to Mr. Bradley's farmhouse on Donald B. Munro

Drive near Carp, police say.

At the house, the two men engaged in what police describe as a "drunken argument."

One man peeled away from the house in a 1992 Pontiac Sunbird.

The noise awoke Paul Bradley, who went outside to investigate. Mr. Bradley was speaking with his son when the second man returned to the farmhouse at 3:30 a.m.

Mr. Bradley opened the door of the car and was leaning in talking to the second man when the man took his foot off the brake pedal. The car rolled, pinning Mr. Bradley between the door and a tree. Mr. Bradley, who suffered massive injuries, died instantly.

The man turned his car, with the windshield shattered and his left front tire blown and sped away from the house, but abandoned the disabled car at the end of the driveway.

Police were called to the scene and chased the man across the fields with the police canine unit. He was arrested at a house nearby and remained in custody overnight.

Police wrapped up their investigation yesterday after canvassing the neighbourhood. Because the incident took place so late, the only witness was Mr. Bradley's son, said Staff Sgt. Rick Webber. Charges were not laid Friday because the courthouse was closed due to the blackout.

Mr. Bradley was retired from the federal government after serving many years with the ministry of Industry, Trade and Commerce.
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