Dangerous driver nearly strikes OPP officer on Highway 401

Photo by Lucas Mulder.

A closed stretch of Highway 401 did not prevent an erratic driver from nearly striking an officer with a vehicle during the removal of a tractor-trailer from a collision site.

At approximately 1 a.m. on Thursday, Jan 20, 2022, officers of the Lennox and Addington (L&A) County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were assisting the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) on Highway 401 with a road closure. According to a release from OPP, Highway 401 westbound was closed from Marysville exit to Shannonville Road exit for the purpose of a heavy tow removal of a transport truck.    

According to the release, a vehicle approaching the closure was driving in an erratic manner and nearly struck an MTO worker. A cruiser was parked at the off ramp with lights activated and the erratic driver passed this cruiser on the right, in the off ramp lane, OPP said. 

The driver accelerated towards an officer who had to take evasive action to avoid being struck, OPP reported. A second officer was able to complete a traffic stop on the vehicle as the driver continued on in the closed portion of the highway. The driver was subsequently arrested and transported to detachment for processing. 

L&A County OPP has charged Muzzaffar Adnan, age 42, of Montreal, Quebec with:

  • Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle;  
  • Assault with a Weapon – two counts; and
  • Assault a Police officer with a weapon.

Adnan was held for a bail hearing and was scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Greater Napanee today, Friday, Jan. 20, 2022. 

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