Impaired Driving and Drug Offences result in charges laid

Incident 1 – Impaired Driving

On October 23rd at 3:52pm officers received a report of a male consuming liquor at a
licenced establishment in Southampton. The male was observed to be unsteady on his
feet and enter a vehicle. He was observed driving to a motel and parking his vehicle.

Officers arrived on scene and located the male’s vehicle parked near motel units. The
male was located a short distance away in a unit and, upon speaking to the male, officers
detected signs of alcohol consumption. A roadside breath test was administered,
resulting in a “fail” He was placed under arrest and transported to the station for an
Intoxilyzer breath test.

At the station the male provided two samples:
1. 220 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood
2. 210 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood
A 63 year old Southampton man has been charged with
Operation While Impaired – Blood Alcohol Concentration

His driver’s licence was administratively suspended for 90 days and his vehicle was
impounded for seven days. He was released with a court date.

Incident 2 – Impaired Driving by Drug and Drug Possession

On October 23rd at 9:10pm, a vehicle was observed driving in the area of Wellington
Street and River Street. The operator of the vehicle had committed a series of Highway
Traffic Act offences.

A vehicle stop was conducted and the male driver was found to be subject to a driver’s
licence suspension and was placed under arrest. During a search incident to arrest,
officers located a quantity of suspected crystal methamphetamine. The male was
transported to the station for further investigation.

While at the station officers, who had a suspicion that the male was impaired by drugs,
conducted a Standard Field Sobriety Test. The male performed poorly during this
analysis. As a result a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) was utilized to evaluate the
male’s sobriety.

The DRE conducted a variety of tests on the male and determined that his ability was
impaired by drug to operate a motor vehicle.  A 46 year old Port Elgin has been charged with:
1. Possession of Schedule 1 substance – Methamphetamine
2. Possession of Schedule 1 Substance – Opioid
3. Operation while impaired – Drugs
4. Drive Motor vehicle – No Licence
5. Stop Sign – fail to stop

The male was issued 90 day driver’s licence suspension and the vehicle he was driving was impounded for seven days. He was released on a promise appear and an undertaking given to an officer in charge.