Kingston driver found ‘sleeping it off’ on Highway 401 facing multiple charges

Photo by Lucas Mulder/Kingstonist.

Members of the Leeds County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have charged a local motorist after locating a stopped motor vehicle on the side of Highway 401 westbound near Lansdowne.

At around 1:20 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022, the OPP located the motor vehicle on the side of the highway. According to a release from the OPP, the driver was found to be unresponsive.

Following further interaction, OPP said that the driver awoke, and it was determined he had consumed alcohol and was subsequently arrested. 

Douglas Whaley, 47, of Kingston, Ontario was charged with:

  • Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs
  • Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus)
  • Fail to comply with probation order – two counts

Whaley was released from police custody and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Brockville in November 2022.

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) said that they remain committed to ensuring Ontario roads are safe from drug-impaired and alcohol-impaired drivers.

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