Collision in Loyalist Township leads to impaired driving charges

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After a collision in Loyalist Township left two people with minor injuries, one driver has been arrested and is now facing charges.

According to the Lennox and Addingston (L&A) County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), the single vehicle collision occurred just before 3 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022, on Maple Road. Officers were dispatched to the collision scene, where the single passenger of the vehicle was located along with the driver. Both individuals sustained minor injuries during the collision, police said.

Investigating officers administers an approved screening device on the driver, to gauge whether the motorist had any alcohol in their system. As a result of the findings, the driver of the vehicle was arrested, the OPP said in a press release on Monday, Nov. 28, 2022.

As a result, Riley Barnhardt, 22, of Napanee, was charged with:

  • Operation of a motor vehicle while impaired – drugs and alcohol
  • Operation of a motor vehicle while impaired – blood alcohol concentration exceeding the legal limit

According to the OPP, Barnhardt’s licence was automatically suspended for 90 days, and he will face further driving suspensions if convicted. Further, his vehicle was impounded for seven days, and Barnhardt will be responsible for all related fees and fines.

Barnhardt was release from custody with an appearance at the Ontario Court of Justice in Napanee scheduled for mid-December.

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