Friday, February 21, 2020

OPP: Impaired driving & racing on Highway 40

The Chatham-Kent OPP have laid charges after two separate incidents on Highway 40.

OPP arrest alleged impaired driver

OPP officials allege: On Tuesday February 11, 2020, at approximately 12:06 a.m. a Chatham-Kent Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer on patrol along Highway 40 north of Chatham noticed a vehicle moving at a high rate of speed.

The vehicle was travelling well in excess of the posted 80-km/h zone.

Police stopped the vehicle and discovered the driver had been drinking and was arrested for Operation while impaired.

A 19-year-old Wallaceburg man was charged with the following:

– Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs, contrary to section 320.14(1)(a) of the Criminal Code (CC)

– Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus), contrary to section 320.14(1)(b) CC

– Race a motor vehicle – Excessive Speed, contrary to section 172(1) Highway Traffic Act (HTA)

– Class G1 licence holder – unaccompanied by a qualified driver, contrary to section OReg 340/94 5(1) HTA

The accused was released from police custody and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice on March 6, 2020, in Chatham.

If you suspect someone is driving while their ability to operate a motor vehicle is impaired by drugs or alcohol, please call 911 immediately.

Stunt driving charges laid

OPP officials allege: On February 10, 2020 at 4:15 p.m. a Chatham-Kent Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer on patrol along 40 Highway north of Chatham noticed a vehicle moving at a high rate of speed.

The vehicle was displayed on radar well in excess of the posted 80-km/h zone.

The driver, a 20-year-old Sarnia resident, was charged with Race a Motor Vehicle.

The man is scheduled to appear in court on March 18 to answer to the charge.

This charge includes an immediate 7-day vehicle impoundment.

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