L&A OPP take four drivers off the roads on Christmas Eve

The Lennox and Addington (L&A) County OPP conduct a Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (RIDE) program checkpoint on Centre Street in Napanee on Christmas Eve 2023. Submitted photo.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated since it was originally published on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2023, at 4:44 p.m. Please see bottom of article for most recently updated information.


Original article:
On a night that traditionally sees less motorists on the roads than usual, officers with the Lennox and Addington (L&A) County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were unusually busy.

That’s because they had their hands full with drivers under the influence of alcohol, according to a press release from the L&A OPP on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2023. On Christmas Eve, which took place Sunday, Dec. 24, 2023, L&A County OPP officers removed four drivers from the roadways of the County, police said.

The first incident took place at approximately 12:30 a.m., just as Christmas Eve Day began – which coincided with the L&A OPP kicking off their Holiday RIDE program on Centre Street in Napanee. According to police, one of the first vehicles stopped by the OPP at the checkpoint received an alert on a police Approved Screening Device (ASD), which detects the presence of alcohol on the breath. An alert on an ASD means that the person being tested is not over the legal limit of blood alcohol in the bloodstream, but approaching that level.

As a result, a 29-year-old male from Kingston had their licence suspended for three days.

Not long after, at approximately 1 a.m. at the same RIDE program checkpoint, officers stopped a vehicle. The lone male driver received a fail reading on an ASD and was subsequently arrested and transported to the L&A OPP Detachment for further testing.

As a result, 31-year-old Matthew Grant of Greater Napanee was charged with:

  • Operation of a motor vehicle while impaired – alcohol and drugs (alcohol)
  • Operation of a motor vehicle while impaired – blood alcohol concentration exceeding the legal limit

Grant was released on an undertaking and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Greater Napanee in January 2024. Grant’s licence was suspended for 90 days, and the driver will face further licence suspension if convicted. Additionally, the driver’s vehicle was impounded for seven days. Grant will be responsible for all related fees and fines.

Still before noon on Christmas Eve 2023, at approximately 11:18 a.m., police received a report of an intoxicated female attempting to enter a residence, according to the OPP. Responding officers located the female in a parked vehicle upon arrival. The driver subsequently failed an ASD, and was transported to the L&A OPP Detachment for further testing, police said.

As a result, 36-year-old Kayla King of Amherstview was charged with:

  • Operation of a motor vehicle while impaired – alcohol and drugs (alcohol)
  • Operation of a motor vehicle while impaired – blood alcohol concentration exceeding the legal limit

The driver was released on an undertaking and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Greater Napanee in mid-January 2024. King’s licence was suspended for 90 days, and the driver will face further licence suspension if convicted. Additionally, the King’s vehicle was impounded for seven days. The driver will be responsible for all related fees and fines.

Later in the day, the OPP received a report of a two-vehicle collision on westbound Highway 401 near County Road 6. Responding officers arrived to find both paramedic services and the Loyalist Fire Department on scene.

“A male driver from one of the vehicles was arrested for impaired driving and brought back to the police detachment for further testing,” the L&A OPP said. “The people in the other vehicle were not injured in the collision.”

A collision on Highway 401 on Sunday, Dec. 24, 2023, led to multiple charges for a Kingston driver. Photo via L&A OPP.

As a result of the investigation into that incident, 29-year-old Lucas Adam of Kingston was charged with:

  • Operation of a motor vehicle while impaired – alcohol and drugs (alcohol)
  • Operation of a motor vehicle while impaired – blood alcohol concentration exceeding the legal limit
  • Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle
  • Assault

Adam was released on an undertaking and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Greater Napanee in late January 2024. Adam’s licence was suspended for 90 days, and the driver will face further licence suspension if convicted. Additionally, the driver’s vehicle was impounded for seven days. Adam will be responsible for all related fees and fines.

Kingstonist has inquired with the L&A OPP as to what led to the assault charge laid against Adam in relation to the Highway 401 collision. No response was received by time of publication.

“Impaired driving is the #1 cause of criminal death in Canada, and yet every impaired driving crash is preventable. By calling 911 and reporting suspected impaired drivers to the police, all Canadians can play a role in keeping our roads, trails, and waterways safe, and in reducing impaired driving crashes, deaths, and injuries,” the L&A OPP said.

Update (Thursday, Dec. 28, 2023, at 1:17 p.m.):
According to the Lennox and Addington (L&A) County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), one of the four people removed from the roads on Christmas Eve 2023 (see above) was charged after they became violent with another driver involved in a collision.

In response to Kingstonist inquiries, Constable David Yome, Media Relations Officer for the L&A OPP, explained that driver Lucas Adam, who was charged for impaired driving related offences after a two-vehicle collision on Highway 401, was also charged as a result of Adam assaulting the driver of the other vehicle involved in the crash.

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