Deseronto resident charged for impaired operation of excavator, golf cart

Photo by Lucas Mulder/Kingstonist.

It’s not the image that comes to mind immediately when one thinks of ‘impaired driving,’ but a Deseronto resident was charged with just that after operating a piece of heavy machinery while allegedly intoxicated.

The Lennox and Addington (L&A) County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) announced on Monday, Jun. 10, 2024, that it had “charged a driver with impaired driving.” According to a press release from the L&A OPP, the charges stem from an incident that occurred on Saturday, Jun. 8, 2024.

On Saturday, just after 10:30 p.m., officers from the L&A Detachment were dispatched after a report came in concerning a golf cart and heavy machinery being operated in the area of Main Street in Deseronto, police detailed.

“Officers attended the area and observed an excavator being operated in a field near First Street, with a golf cart parked nearby,” the L&A OPP said.

“Officers spoke with the driver who was subsequently arrested and transported to detachment for further testing.”

As a result of that further testing as part of the ensuing investigation, police charged 20-year-old Andrew Maracle of Deseronto with:

  • Operation of a motor vehicle while impaired – alcohol
  • Operation of a motor vehicle while impaired – blood alcohol concentration exceeding the legal limit
  • Being a novice driver and operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content above zero

According to the OPP, Maracle was released from custody and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Napanee later this month.

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