‘Good Samaritan’ reports suspected impaired driver on the 401

OPP officials allege: The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) located and investigated a vehicle after a Good Samaritan reported a suspected impaired driver. While the Good Samaritan was providing information to the OPP, the vehicle, subject of the complaint left the roadway resulting in a single vehicle – motor vehicle collision (MVC).

On January 27, 2023, at approximately 10:16 p.m., an officer of the Chatham Detachment located the vehicle off the roadway on the Westbound Highway 401, Municipality of Chatham-Kent.

The driver was the lone occupant and was uninjured.

As a result of the investigation, the OPP has charged a 43-year-old Port Lambton man with the following:

– Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs

– Operation while impaired – blood concentration (80 plus)

– Driver – fail to properly wear seat belt

– Operate a motor vehicle without insurance

– Drive motor vehicle, no currently validated permit

– Fail to notify change of address – licence

A 90-day Administrative Driver’s Licence Suspension (ADLS) and a seven-day vehicle impoundment was initiated as per statute.

The accused is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Chatham later.

The OPP would like to take this opportunity to thank the Good Samaritan who contacted police and reported this incident.

As a direct result, officers were able to safely locate the vehicle and take the driver into custody.

The OPP remind motorists that no amount of alcohol or drug is acceptable to consume and drive.

Report impaired drivers.

Should you observe a suspected impaired driver, please dial 911 or contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122.

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