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Impaired Drivers

 

Broadcast time:
8:05 AM

Date: July 6, 2021

On July 1, 2021, at approximately 2:30 AM, an officer from the Community Response Division, conducted a traffic stop of a motor vehicle in the area of Exmouth Street and Indian Road due to an obstructed plate on the suspect vehicle. As the officer continued his investigation a request was made to the driver to supply a sample of breath into a road side screening device. Upon completion of the test the driver was arrested for having over 80 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood.

The accused was then transported to the Sarnia Police Headquarters where an Intoxilyzer test was administered.

Upon completion of this testing the accused, Kaleeb Lee Zeytinoglu, 20 years of age, of Sarnia, was charged as follows:

1) Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus)

2) Operation while impaired by alcohol

3) Obstructed plate (Highway Traffic Act)

Later, that same morning, at approximately 6:35 AM, a vehicle travelling eastbound on Confederation Street, was struck by another vehicle that was traveling southbound on Stuart Street and entered the intersection at Confederation Street failing to yield for traffic. As officers continued to investigate the incident grounds were formed to request a breath demand from the driver of the vehicle that was traveling southbound on Stuart Street.

Both drivers were taken to hospital for their injuries. The driver of the southbound vehicle began to become agitated and none co-operative. At one point this individual spat at one of the nurses that were caring for him.

As a result of the circumstances, officers were unable to have the accused comply with providing a sample of breath.

The 62-year-old driver of the vehicle travelling eastbound on Confederation Street sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Ultimately, the accused, Michael Anthony Whitstone, 25 years of age, of Sarnia, was charged with:

1) Operation while impaired causing bodily harm

2) Failure or refusal to comply with demand

3) Assault

Both of the accused received a 90-day Administrative Driver’s Licence Suspension and a 7-day vehicle impoundment.

Please, if you plan on drinking or have been drinking arrange for a ride (taxi, friend, etc.). If you are with someone who has been drinking and about to drive, and wish to ensure their safety and those of the public, take the time to stop them and arrange for transportation before they get behind the wheel. There is no excuse that can justify drinking and driving.

Also, if you suspect someone is drinking and driving please do not hesitate to call the police.

Constable Giovanni Sottosanti

Media Officer

Tel: 519-344-8861 Ext 6168

Email: 168@police.sarnia.on.ca