Multiple drivers charged with impaired driving

Ontario Provincial Police in Essex County have charged five drivers with alcohol and drug-related offenses in the past five days.

“We still continue to see motorists risking their lives and the lives of others by choosing to drive with an impairment. Let’s continue to be vigilant and our goal is to reduce bad driving, whether it’s alcohol or drugs.”

A 67-year-old woman was charged with post-drug manipulation after police pulled over her vehicle on Highway 77 in Leamington on Nov. 10.

Another Leamington driver was charged following a minor collision on Erie Street South in Leamington on November 11. The 34-year-old was charged with impropriety after having a blood alcohol concentration of over 80.

A 46-year-old driver has been charged following a three-vehicle collision on Mersea Road on November 12. The Leamington resident was charged with improper vehicle operation and failure to comply.

Officials investigated two separate incidents on Nov. 14.

Police were called to reports of a suspicious vehicle on James Avenue in Kingsville at around 6.30pm. Police found a driver inside a pickup truck on the street. The 37-year-old was charged with driving a vehicle while under the influence of drugs and in possession of a controlled substance.

Around the same time, patrol officers witnessed a vehicle traveling erratically on Main Street in Kingsville. The officer made a traffic stop and the 46-year-old driver was charged with driving a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration above the legal limit.

All drivers had their licenses suspended for 90 days and their vehicles were impounded for 7 days. All defendants are due to appear in court at a later date.

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