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IMPAIRED DRIVER STOPPED BY OFF-DUTY OFFICER IN VAUGHAN

Posted on Tuesday December 05, 2017

York Regional Police has charged a 61-year-old man with impaired driving after he was stopped by an off-duty police officer in the Township of King.

On Monday, December 4, 2017, at 9 a.m., York Regional Police were called to the intersection of King Vaughan Road and Dufferin Street in the City of Vaughan by an off-duty Peel Regional Police officer who had a driver under arrest. When officers arrived they found the 61-year-old driver smelling of alcohol and barely able to stand. He was taken to #4 District for a breath test, which he failed.

The investigation has revealed that the off-duty officer spotted the suspect vehicle as it was driving west on King Vaughan Road from Bathurst Street. The vehicle was driving at less than 30 kilometres per hour and crossed the center line numerous times. The officer pulled up next to the suspect vehicle and saw the driver had a bottle of whiskey between his legs. The officer was able to get the vehicle stopped and placed the impaired driver under arrest.

Charged:

  • A 61-year-old man from the Town of Richmond Hill

Charges:

  • Impaired Driving
  • Over 80

“We would like to thank the off-duty officer from Peel Regional Police for helping to keep York Region roads safe,” said Chief Eric Jolliffe. “This reckless disregard for everyone on the road that this impaired driver showed first thing in the morning clearly demonstrates that there are still people who simply don’t care who they hurt by driving impaired. This arrest took place less than 15 kilometres from where the Neville-Lake children and their grandfather were tragically killed by an impaired driver. What is it going to take for people to stop making the choice to drink alcohol or use drugs and drive?”

So far this year York Regional Police have removed more than 1,100 drivers from our roads for impaired driving. We’re not giving up.

Our continued efforts to prevent senseless death and injury on our roads includes educating students and our community on ways to avoid impaired driving, including this festive season’s campaign: Don’t Go Along for the R.I.D.E.

The York Regional Police R.I.D.E. program is a year-long initiative that is enhanced during the festive season. York Regional Police urges all drivers to take proactive measures if drinking by arranging for overnight accommodations, appointing a designated driver, taking a cab or using public transit.

The message is clear: DO NOT DRINK ALCOHOL OR USE DRUGS AND DRIVE.

York Regional Police thanks the citizens who chose to make the right decision this weekend to not drink and drive. We also want to thank the members of the community for helping us stop and arrest impaired drivers by calling 9-1-1 through the Safe Roads...Your Call program. We consider these incidents a life-threatening crime in progress and will continue to respond to these calls.