Napanee driver charged for impaired driving in PEC

Photo by Lucas Mulder/Kingstonist.

Officers with the Prince Edward County (PEC) Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) ended up laying charges against a driver after being called in for support by paramedics over the past weekend.

According to a press release from the PEC OPP, the detachment received a call for assistance from the Hastings Quinte Paramedic Service at approximately 8 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024. Responding officers met paramedics on County Road 35, the OPP said, and officers spoke with a driver on scene.

The location of County Road 35 in Prince Edward County (PEC). Graphic via Google Maps.

“The driver was subsequently arrested and transported to detachment for further testing,” the OPP said, sharing few details on the incident.

As a result, 38-year-old Eric Hoyte of 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

With police being called in to support paramedic services, Kingstonist inquired as to whether this incident involved a collision and why police were contacts. The PEC OPP indicated they were unable to release any further information.

According to police, Hoyte was released from custody and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton in late January. As a result of the charges, Hoyte’s driver’s licence was automatically suspended for 90 days. The accused driver will face further licence suspension if convicted. Further, Hoyte’s vehicle was impounded for seven days. Hoyte will be responsible for all fees and/or fines related to the towing/impounding of the vehicle.

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