Members of the Owen Sound Police Service were notified earlier this afternoon about a vehicle that had been driving erratically on the west side of town including to almost drive off the roadway into a ditch. The witness was able to provide a licence plate and accurate direction of travel, which assisted officers in locating and stopping the vehicle to investigate.
Upon dealing with the male driver, he was observed to be intoxicated, however there was no evidence of alcohol consumption. It was quickly determined that the driver was under the influence of drugs and was subsequently arrested. The 56 year old man, who was the vehicles lone occupant, was brought to a local detachment where he participated in a series of sobriety tests given by a qualified Drug Recognition Expert. The results of the tests confirmed that he was impaired by drugs. The driver was further found to be in possession of 5.4 grams of fentanyl.
The driver was charged with operating a vehicle while impaired by drug and possession of fentanyl for the purpose of trafficking. His vehicle was impounded and the males licence has further been suspended for 90 days. Officers learned that this was the second time the accused had been arrested for impaired by drug in the last 2 weeks and because of this, he was held at the Owen Sound Police Station for a bail hearing.