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Driver charged with impaired after truck with baby, puppy on board hits tree

“It is nothing but sheer luck that serious injury or death were avoided in this collision," says York Regional Police chief

A 30-year-old woman from the Town of East Gwillimbury, who had a baby and a puppy in her vehicle, has been charged with impaired driving after driving off the roadway and colliding with a tree.

In another disappointing incident of impaired driving, on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, shortly after 3 p.m., officers were called to the scene of a collision on Metro Road in the area of Deer Park Drive in the Town of Georgina. When they arrived on scene, they saw a pick-up truck that had left the roadway and struck a tree. There was debris scattered on the roadway, including a stroller.

Officers were advised that the driver of the vehicle, along with her 17-month-old baby and shepherd puppy, were out of the vehicle and luckily uninjured. Officers spoke with the driver and could smell alcohol. She was placed under arrest and transported to #3 District for a breath test where she blew more than twice the legal limit of alcohol.

The baby and the puppy were turned over to the care of family members and the Children’s Aid Society was contacted.

The name of the accused is not being released to protect the identity of the child.

“It continues to frustrate me, and the frontline members of York Regional Police, who respond to these incidents and who witness firsthand the tragedy impaired driving can cause,” said Chief Eric Jolliffe. “It is nothing but sheer luck that serious injury or death were avoided in this collision. Despite all our education and enforcement efforts, people continue to choose to consume alcohol and drugs and get behind the wheel of a vehicle. These choices are putting all of our lives at risk.”

Dashcam video of first responding officer arriving at the scene of the collision is available for viewing at the following link.