A 20-year-old man has been arrested after police say he crashed his vehicle into the Stratford Cenotaph retaining wall.

Police say the crash happened Sunday night around 11:40 when a vehicle that was northbound on Erie Street crossed Ontario Street and drove over the sidewalk crashing into the cenotaph.

The driver faces charges including Driving Impaired,  Dangerous Driving and Mischief to Police Property.

Stratford Police Acting Inspector Mark Taylor says the incident could have been much worse and adds the driver only had his G2 license.

“It’s a popular area for people to travel and we are lucky as a community not to have anybody injured, both the driver and the passenger did not seek medical attention, I mean they’re very lucky and the driver of the motor vehicle obviously shouldn’t be behind the wheel of a car any time soon.”

Taylor adds he expects it will take weeks to repair the cenotaph and the driver’s breath samples were twice over the legal limit.