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Two Arrests for Impaired Driving on Halloween

Posted on May 14, 2022

On Sunday October 31st, 2021 shortly before 6 pm, Owen Sound Police were contacted by a concerned citizen who had observed 2 people passed out in a motor vehicle stopped in the 100 block of 11th Street West. Police arriving in the area located a male passed out in the driver’s seat and his female passenger asleep in the passenger seat. Police found the male to be very disoriented, not even knowing what community he was in. While speaking with the male, police observed suspected meth, fentanyl and drug paraphernalia in the cab of the vehicle. The male party was arrested for impaired driving and transported to Owen Sound Police Service. A Drug Recognition Evaluator conducted tests and determined the male to be impaired by drugs. Further investigation revealed that the 40-year-old male from the Thornbury area, was wanted by the O.P.P. on two outstanding warrants and that his driver’s licence was suspended. The male’s vehicle has been impounded for 45 days and his driver’s licence suspended for an additional 90 days. The male was released from custody with a court date for later this month to answer to numerous criminal charges. At the time of this incident, police observed dozens of children trick or treating in the area. Thankfully, no one was injured.

Approximately 2 hours later, Owen Sound Police responded to the report of a motor vehicle collision at the intersection of 9th Avenue and 8th Street East. The investigation revealed that a 68-year-old Owen Sound man proceeded northbound on 9th Avenue East, prior to the traffic light at the intersection turning green, and collided with a westbound vehicle. The investigating officer detected the odour of alcohol on the male driver’s breath. The male driver failed a roadside breath test and was subsequently arrested and transported to Owen Sound Police Service for further breath tests. The male driver has been charged with impaired driving as well as additional charges under the Highway Traffic Act and Cannabis Control Act. The male driver will appear in court later this month. There were no injuries reported as a result of the collision.