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Man fails breath test after going to police to report collision

A 35-year-old Essa Township man was found sleeping inside the York Regional Police Community Resource Centre in Richmond Hill, police say
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A 35-year-old man has been charged with impaired-related criminal driving offences after walking into, then falling asleep, in a police facility while under the influence of alcohol.

On Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020 at 7 p.m., officers investigated a man who was asleep in a chair inside the York Regional Police Community Resource Centre located at 10720 Yonge St. in the City of Richmond Hill. The man was woken up and he advised he was there to report a collision. Officers observed signs that the man was under the influence of alcohol.

After reviewing video surveillance, officers observed that the man had been driving and parked his vehicle in the Customer Service Centre lot before entering the building. He was placed under arrest and was taken for a breath test, which he failed.


  • 35-year-old man from the Township of Essa


  • 80 plus
  • Impaired driving

The investigation is ongoing.

In 2019, York Regional Police received 3,500 calls to 911 to report suspected impaired drivers as part of our Safe Roads, Your Call program. That was an increase of nearly 18 per cent from the previous year. Many of those calls led to the more than 1,700 impaired-related criminal charges being laid.

If you see dangerous driving or behaviors on the road that could jeopardize the safety of motorists and pedestrians, you are encouraged to call 9-1-1 immediately. York Regional Police continues to remind residents that the safest amount of alcohol or drugs to consume before you drive is zero.