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Man, 22, charged with impaired after being stopped for talking on cellphone

York Regional Police charged 19 drivers with impaired-related offences Jan. 1 to 7
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NEWS RELEASE
YORK REGIONAL POLICE
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Over the past week, 19 impaired drivers were removed from York Region roads and charged with criminal driving offences.

Although the festive season is over, our efforts to remove impaired drivers from our roads does not come to an end. We are reminding drivers that York Regional Police conducts RIDE spot checks year-round and that our officers are always watching for suspected impaired drivers. We also continue to encourage citizens that if you spot a suspected impaired driver, don’t hesitate to call 9-1-1.

On Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, just before 1 a.m., an officer on patrol in a fully marked police cruiser on Dalton Road, north of Black River Road in the Town of Georgina, watched as a vehicle passed him in the opposite direction, with the driver talking on his mobile phone.

The vehicle was stopped and the driver got out, still talking on his phone. When the officer spoke to the driver, he could smell alcohol and also saw that there were open beer cans in the vehicle. The driver was given a roadside breath test which he failed and was placed under arrest.

The driver was taken to #3 District Headquarters for a breath test where he blew more than twice the legal limit for alcohol. 

Garrett GALLOWAY, 22, Town of Aurora, is charged with:

  • 80 Plus
  • Drive Handheld Communication Device
  • Operating a Motor Vehicle With Liquor Readily Available

A list of all the drivers charged with impaired-related criminal driving offences from Jan. 1 to Jan. 7, 2019, is below and at the following link: https://bit.ly/2sbMw91

The legal consequences of an impaired driving charge can include roadside vehicle impoundment and automatic driver’s licence suspension, as well as further consequences imposed by the courts, including longer licence suspensions, large fines and in some cases, jail time.

York Regional Police thanks members of the community for helping us stop and arrest impaired drivers by calling 9-1-1 through the Safe Roads...Your Call program. We consider these incidents a life-threatening crime in progress and will continue to respond to these calls.

We’re not giving up.

  • Matthew ALAY POLIAH, 24, City of Toronto
    • Impaired Operation
    • 80 Plus
    • Dangerous Operation
  • Claudia COORE, 55, City of Markham
    • Refuse
    • Resisting Arrest
  • Fred MARK, 33, City of Markham
    • Impaired Operation
    • 80 Plus
  • Ilyas ABDI, 23, City of Toronto
    • 80 Plus
  • Robert SMITH, 53, City of Vaughan
    • Impaired Operation
    • Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance
  • Anthony NARDELLA, 54, City of Brampton
    • Impaired Operation
    • Refuse
  • Lilibeth MARTIN TALAMANTES, 35, City of Vaughan
    • 80 Plus
    • Drive While Disqualified
  • Ruslan DMYTROTSA, 33, City of Vaughan
    • Impaired Operation
    • Operation While Prohibited
    • Obstruct Peace Officer
  • Frank SUEN, 38, City of Markham
    • 80 Plus
  • Nasra FARAH, 40, City of Toronto
    • Impaired Operation
    • Dangerous Driving
    • Refuse
  • Astrid VOURA, 30, Town of Caledon
    • 80 Plus
  • Charles ROBINSON, 26, Town of Newmarket
    • Impaired Operation
    • Refuse
  • Mamoon IQBAL, 28, Town of Caledon
    • Refuse
    • Drive While Prohibited
  • Curtis KOZAK, 21, Town of Richmond Hill
    • 80 Plus
  • Kenneth ACORN, 62, City of Kawartha Lakes
    • 80 Plus
  • Xiao Dong LIAO, 58, Town of Aurora
    • 80 Plus
  • Amanda ZSIGMOND, 37, Town of Georgina
    • Impaired Operation
  • Garrett GALLOWAY, 22, Town of Aurora
    • 80 Plus
  • Christopher  JALSER, 39, City of Markham
    • 80 Plus

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