Driver threatens OPP while under arrest for erratic driving

Photo by Logan Cadue.

Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) stop erratic driver on the eastbound 401 near Montreal Street, and find cannabis readily available in the vehicle.

At approximately 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Mar. 25, 2021, officers of the Lennox and Addington (L&A) County Detachment of the OPP responded to a report of a vehicle being driven eastbound in an erratic manner on Highway 401 in Loyalist Township, Ontario.   

According to a release from OPP, dated Wednesday, Mar. 31, 2021, police saw the vehicle in question passing other vehicles by using the paved shoulder of the roadway and driving at high rates of speed. The officer was able to initiate a traffic stop near Montreal Street in the City of Kingston. During the interaction with the driver of the vehicle, the officer noticed they were exhibiting symptoms of impairment and placed the driver under arrest, OPP said. While being transported from the scene to the OPP detachment, the driver threatened to cause harm to the officer.

As a result of the investigation Neilson James Gauidin, age 49, of Tweed, has been charged with:

  • Dangerous Operation of a motor vehicle;
  • Uttering threats;
  • Impaired driving;
  • Operating a motor vehicle while over legal blood alcohol limit;
  • Possession of unmarked Cigarettes;
  • Drive Vehicle with cannabis readily available; and
  • Unlawful purchase of cannabis.

Gauidin was held for a bail hearing and was scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Greater Napanee on March 26, 2021.

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