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VIDEO: Driver involved in 2-car collision among 24 charged with impaired

During a breath test, a driver blew more than 2-1/2 times the legal limit for alcohol, police say

Over the past week, 24 drivers were charged with impaired-related criminal driving offences and their vehicles removed from York Region roads.

On Sunday, April 28, 2019, shortly after 2 a.m., police were called to Elgin Mills Road west of Ninth Line in the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville for a report of a two-vehicle collision. When officers arrived they located one of the vehicles off of the roadway and resting in a ditch. As the officer approached the vehicle, the driver exited and was stumbling on the roadway. He was placed under arrest for impaired driving and was transported to #5 District for a breath test where he blew more than two-and-a-half times the legal limit for alcohol.

The following individuals have been charged criminally with impaired driving by alcohol or drugs, driving with a blood alcohol concentration of 80 mgs or above of alcohol in 100 ml of blood, or refusing to provide a breath/blood sample from April 22 to April 29, 2019. 

  • Seung Jin PARK, 28, City of Toronto
  • Behrang SAMADI, 43, Town of East Gwillimbury
  • Kyle SNOW, 25, City of Toronto
  • Jonathan ARRIL, 22, Town of Aurora
  • Adam MANGAL, 33, City of Toronto
  • Sooriyaprathap ETHIRWEERASINGAM, 36, Town of Ajax
  • Saeid PAKDEL MANAFI, 31, Town of Aurora
  • Tian Chun ZHOU, 50, City of Toronto
  • Christopher David KING, 48, Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville
  • Niruyan RAJA, 27, City of Oshawa
  • Andrew BAKER, 33, City of Toronto
  • Justin RAGHUBEER, 21, City of Vaughan
  • Jigar GANDHI, 34, City of Brampton
  • Surita BIRDI, 26, City of Toronto
  • Dean RAE, 32, Town of Newmarket
  • Alexander ZVYAGELSKIY, 54, City of Toronto
  • Albert KWANSA, 37, City of Woodstock
  • Gulam ASADOV, 37, City of Vaughan
  • Tung LIN, 44, Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville
  • Katrina REMO, 27, Town of East Gwillimbury
  • Xin ZHANG, 31, City of Hamilton
  • Mykhaylo HLUSHCHAK, 55, City of Richmond Hill
  • Kamaljit SINGH, 42, Town of Ajax
  • Israel RODRIGUEZ SUAREZ, 26, City of Richmond Hill

York Regional Police thanks members of the community for helping us stop and arrest impaired drivers by calling 9-1-1. We consider these incidents a life-threatening crime in progress and will continue to respond to these calls. So far in 2019, more than 950 calls to 9-1-1 have helped to safely remove impaired drivers from our roads, which has led to more than 550 impaired-related criminal charges being laid.

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.

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 to call 9-1-1 if you spot a suspected impaired driver, as impaired driving is a crime in progress.

We’re not giving up.

For more information, contact York Regional Police Corporate Communications at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 2664.