3 Impaired Drivers Over the Easter Long Weekend


Broadcast time: 11:15 am

Date: April 18, 2017

Unfortunately, officers from the Sarnia Police Service had to deal with 3 impaired drivers over the Easter long weekend. All three incidents occurred on April 15, 2017 at various times.

The first incident occurred at approximately 1:30 am when officers responded to a local gas bar regarding the complaint of a vehicle pulled up to a pump and that the driver did not exit the vehicle. Once the officer arrived it was observed that the vehicle was parked at an odd angle to the gas pump. As the officer investigated the matter further grounds were formed to arrest the driver of the vehicle for impaired by alcohol.

The 32 year old accused, from Sarnia, was subsequently transported to the Sarnia Police Service Headquarters where she provided samples of breath into and Intoxilyzer. According to the readings it was determined that she had over twice the legal limit of alcohol in her system. She was later released on a Promise to Appear and is facing charges for care and control of a motor vehicle while impaired and having over 80 mg alcohol per 100 ml of blood.

The next incident occurred at approximately 2:00 pm on Confederation Line east of Blackwell Side Road. A lone vehicle travelling eastbound on Confederation Line veered off the road to the right and into a ditch ending up on its roof. The 78 year old driver, from Sarnia, was taken to hospital by ambulance. As an officer spoke to the female and investigated the matter further grounds were formed to charge the suspect with impaired operation of a motor vehicle. The accused remained in hospital where she was treated for what appeared to be significant but non-life-threatening injuries.

Finally, at approximately 6:00 pm, the Sarnia Police Service received a call from the area of Cobden Street and Mackenzie Street, in the City of Sarnia, of a male stumbling around and appearing to be intoxicated. The eye witness observed the male suspect then driving a motor vehicle in the area at a very slow rate of speed. Once police arrived they located the suspect in the area of the vehicle but not in it. Grounds were formed that a 54 year old man from Sarnia was impaired, and thanks to the witness, police were able to put him behind the wheel of the vehicle.

The man was arrested and transported back to the Sarnia Police Station where he provided samples of breath into an Intoxilyzer. Readings came back at over three times the legal limit. The accused was charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle and having over 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. He was released on a Promise to Appear once he was sober.


Constable Giovanni Sottosanti

Media Officer

Tel: 519-344-8861 Ext 6168

Email: [email protected]


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