IMPAIRED DRIVER BLOWS FOUR TIMES THE LEGAL LIMIT ON THE 401

On Thursday December 10, 2020, at approximately 1:45 p.m., uniformed officers from the Northumberland Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), responded to a report of a black Toyota SUV travelling eastbound on Highway 401 in an erratic manner near Cobourg. The vehicle was described as travelling at inconsistent speeds and unable to maintain driving in a marked lane. 

Officers located the suspect vehicle noting the concerning driving behaviours that were reported. The vehicle was stopped on Highway 401 east of the Big Apple in Cramahe Township. Upon speaking with the driver, officers detected an odour of an alcoholic beverage. A Roadside Screening Device (ASD) was administered to the vehicle operator at the scene resulting in a “fail”. The driver was arrested, then transported to the OPP Detachment in Brighton for further testing. As a result of those tests the driver’s Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) was found to be over four times the legal limit. 

A 31-year-old male driver from Mississauga, Ontario, has been charged with: 

  • Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus)

The driver received an immediate 90-day driver’s license suspension and the vehicle he was driving was towed and impounded for 7 days.

The accused was released and is expected to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Cobourg on January 27, 2021. 

The OPP remains committed to enforcing impaired driving laws and educating road users about the dangers posed by motorists who drive while impaired by alcohol or drugs. Drivers need to remember that any amount of alcohol or drugs can impair one’s ability to drive. Do your part in keeping our roads safe by planning ahead and arranging for a safe ride home.

If you know or suspect that a driver is impaired by alcohol or drugs call 9-1-1.

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