Port Hope man arrested for impaired operation in Cobourg

Cobourg police arrest a Port Hope man for impaired driving after attending business in the Northwest of Cobourg.

On Sunday, May 30, 2021, police were dispatched to a business parking lot in the northwest area of Cobourg for a report of a possible impaired driver.

Police investigation led officers to discover open alcohol inside the vehicle, and a breath sample from the driver failed the roadside test. As a result, James NIEMINEN, a 33-year-old man from the Municipality of Port Hope, was arrested and charged with the following offences:

  1. Operation While Impaired – Contrary to Section 320.14(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada
  2. Operation While Impaired – Blood Alcohol Concentration (80 Plus) – Contrary to Section 320.14(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada
  3. Having Care or Control of a Motor Vehicle with Open Container of Liquor – Contrary to Section 32(1) of the Liquor Licence Act

The accused was released on an undertaking and summons with a future court date.

Impaired driving is the number one criminal cause of death in Canada, yet is completely preventable. Before picking up your keys after having a few drinks or using drugs, remember an average of four Canadians are killed every day due to impaired driving-related crashes. When your judgement, reaction time, and perception is impaired by drugs and alcohol it also affects everyone in your vicinity —from the people in the vehicle with you to those who cross your path.

Everyone can play a role in keeping our community safe and in reducing impaired driving crashes, injuries, and deaths. Cobourg Police asks the public to please report suspected impaired driving by calling 911 immediately. In doing so, you could be saving someone’s life.

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