Loyalist Township resident facing impaired driving charges after collision involving ‘serious injuries’

Photo by Logan Cadue/Kingstonist.

A driver from Loyalist Township is facing charges after a two-vehicle collision on Bath Road sent another driver to hospital.

At approximately 12:20 a.m., Loyalist Township Emergency Services responded to reports of a vehicle fire on Bath Road near Speers Boulevard in Amherstview, Loyalist Township. The incident was, in fact, a collision, and, shortly thereafter at 12:28 a.m., officers from the Lennox and Addington (L&A) County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to the scene, the OPP said in response to Kingstonist inquiries.

“One individual was transported to hospital with serious but non life threatening injuries,” the OPP said later in a press release.

Police reportedly spoke with the driver of the other vehicle, which led to officers administering an ‘approved screening device,’ which detects alcohol on the breath. That driver was also taken to hospital with injuries and, upon further testing, was arrested, according to the OPP

As a result, 20-year-old Benjamin Roberts of Loyalist Township was charged with:

  • Operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm
  • Operation of a motor vehicle while impaired with a blood alcohol concentration exceeding the legal limits

Roberts was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023. Their driver’s licence was automatically suspended for 90 days, and their vehicle was impounded for seven days. Roberts will face further licence suspension if convicted, and will be responsible for all fees and fines related to the towing/impoundment of the vehicle.

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