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VIDEO: Tip leads to impaired charge of tractor trailer driver going wrong way on road

Citizen calls York Regional Police after spotting suspected drunk driver in Vaughan about 6 a.m. on Feb. 4
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NEWS RELEASE
YORK REGIONAL POLICE
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A 42-year-old man who was driving a tractor-trailer has been charged with impaired driving after being spotted by a concerned citizen driving on the wrong side of the road.

On Monday, Feb. 4, 2020, shortly before 6 a.m., York Regional Police were called to the area of Keele Street and Langstaff Road in the City of Vaughan for a report of a suspected impaired driver. A concerned citizen had called 9-1-1 to report seeing a tractor-trailer driving into oncoming lanes of traffic on Langstaff Road.

When officers arrived they found the tractor-trailer stopped in the westbound lanes, facing east. As the officer spoke with the driver, she could see signs of impairment and he was placed under arrest. He was transported to #4 District Headquarters for a breath test and tests performed by a drug recognition expert. The suspect failed the tests and has been charged. His drivers licence has also been suspended and the tractor-trailer was impounded.

Charged: 

  • 42-year-old man from the City of Ajax

Charges: 

  • Impaired driving

In 2019, York Regional Police received 3,500 calls to 9-1-1 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 behaviours 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.

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