Impaired driving charge laid after driver strikes road sign in Greater Napanee

The Lennox and Addington (L&A) County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are crediting “an alert citizen” for helping police take an impaired driver off the road in Greater Napanee.

According to police, just after 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 29, 2023, officers with the L&A OPP were dispatched to the area of County Road 41 just south of Selby after police received a traffic complaint from a member of the public who “noticed a vehicle that was driving erratically.”

“The vehicle drove off the roadway hitting a sign,” the L&A OPP said in a press release later the same day.

“Police located the vehicle and spoke to the lone male driver. The driver was subsequently arrested without incident.”

As a result of the ensuing investigation, 25-year-old Matthew Brittnell of Tamworth has been charged with operation of a motor vehicle while impaired – alcohol and drugs.

Brittnell was released on an undertaking and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Napanee in late January 2024, police said. Brittnell’s licence was suspended for 90 days. He will face further licence suspension if convicted. Additionally, the accused man’s vehicle was impounded for seven days. Britnell will be responsible for all related towing and impound fees or fines.

The OPP underscored that impaired driving is the leading cause of criminal death, despite every impaired driving crash being preventable.

“By calling 911 and reporting suspected impaired drivers to police, all Canadians can play a role in keeping our roads, trails, and waterways safe and in reducing impaired driving crashes, deaths, and injuries,” police said.

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