Man arrested in Amherstview while drinking beer in parked vehicle

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Thanks to the quick thinking of an alert citizen, police have charged a male with impaired driving, the Lennox and Addington (L&A) County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) said.

According to a release from the OPP, at approximately 4:10 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2023, the L&A OPP was dispatched to a traffic complaint of a possible impaired driver on Manitou Crescent in Amherstview, Loyalist Township. Police stated that an alert member of the public noticed a male drinking a beer while sitting in the driver’s seat, parked at a local business, and called 911.

The OPP said officers quickly arrived on the scene, located the vehicle and driver, and noted there were numerous full and empty cans of beer throughout the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle was showing signs of impairment and an Approved Screening Device (ASD), which detects alcohol on the breath, was administered. The driver was subsequently arrested.

As a result of this investigation, L&A County OPP has charged Jayson Bender, age 34, of Amherstview, Ontario, with:

  • Operation of a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol/drugs
  • Operation of a motor vehicle while impaired with a blood alcohol concentration exceeding the legal limit

Bender was released on an undertaking and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Greater Napanee later this month. The driver’s licence was suspended for 90 days, and the vehicle was impounded for seven days. Bender will face further licence suspension if convicted, and will be responsible for all fees and fines related to the towing/impounding of the vehicle.

“Impaired driving is the #1 cause of criminal death in Canada and, yet, every impaired driving crash is preventable,” the OPP stated. “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.”

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