Impaired-driving charges laid in crash that injured elderly couple

Amarjit Jhaj of Langley has been charged in relation to collision that took place in Abbotsford

Impaired-driving charges laid in crash that injured elderly couple

Six charges have been laid against a Langley man in relation to a head-on collision in Abbotsford that injured a couple in their 70s earlier this year.

Amarjit Singh Jhaj, 56, has been charged with two counts of impaired driving causing bodily harm, two counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm, and two counts of causing an accident resulting in bodily harm.

The crash took place Jan. 16 on Fraser Highway and Stevens Street – just west of Mt. Lehman Road – at about 7:30 p.m.

Police received a call at 7:22 p.m. from a motorist who saw a Dodge pickup being driven erratically westbound on Maclure Road near Townline Road.

The woman stayed on the line with a 911 operator as she followed the driver, who proceeded onto Fraser Highway.

Shortly after, the truck crossed the centre line and smashed head-on into a Toyota Rav4 occupied by an Abbotsford couple. They were taken to hospital with suspected fractures and internal injuries.

The driver of the Dodge was also taken to hospital, but with less-serious injuries.

Jhaj is next due to appear in court on Oct. 29.