Impaired driver arrested after striking pole at busy intersection

Photo by Logan Cadue/Kingstonist.

A local driver is facing charges after failing to turn properly at Bath Road and Centennial Drive and striking a pole in the median early Sunday morning.

According to a release from Kingston Police. at approximately 12:05 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024, the accused driver was travelling westbound on Bath Road before attempting to turn northbound onto Centennial Drive.

Police said the driver “did not negotiate the turn properly and ended up striking a pole in the centre median on the north side of the intersection.”

When police attended the scene, the investigating officer observed that the accused was impaired by alcohol, according to the release. The accused driver was arrested at approximately 12:25 a.m. and transported to police headquarters where they provided two breath samples. The driver was found to have more than two times the legal limit of alcohol in their system.

Crystal Wittenburg, a 42-year-old individual from Kingston, was charged with impaired operation of a conveyance (vehicle) and impaired operation of a conveyance while over legal blood alcohol concentration limit.

Wittenburg was later released with a future court date. Their driver’s licence is automatically suspended for 90 days and they could face a one-year suspension if convicted. The commercial motor vehicle was seized and impounded for seven days, with the accused being responsible for all fees and fines.

In the release, Kingston Police provided this link to impaired driving information from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation.

One thought on “Impaired driver arrested after striking pole at busy intersection

  • Thanks for your reporting. I have always wondered why some names are given after accidents and some are not. Is it fair?. Should all names be given , or no names be given?
    Just wondering.

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