OPP charge two people with impaired driving in Napanee on same day

The Lennox and Addington Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP). Photo by Logan Cadue/Kingstonist.

The first Tuesday night this month kept police patrolling area roads busy, as two drivers in Napanee were arrested and charged.

According to the Lennox and Addington (L&A) County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), two individuals were charged in relation to impaired driving during two separate incidents – which both occurred within an hour of each other.

Just after 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Mar. 7, 2023, officers received a call from a Napanee business notifying police that they believed someone had driven to their establishment under the influence. That person has since departed the location, but officers were able to locate the vehicle a short time later.

“The driver was subsequently arrested and transported to detachment for further testing,” the OPP said in a press release the following day.

“Investigation revealed the driver to have been approximately 3.75 times the legal alcohol limit.”

As a result, the 52-year-old driver from Deseronto was charged with:

  • Operation of a motor vehicle while impaired – alcohol
  • Operation of a motor vehicle while impaired – blood alcohol concentration of over 80 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood
  • Having care or control of a motor vehicle with and unsealed alcohol container present

Not long after, officers responded to a traffic complaint on Highway 401 westbound in Napanee just before 8:30 p.m. The vehicle was located and police conducted a traffic stop, according to the OPP. As part of the investigation, police administered an Approved Screening Device, and the driver was subsequently taken to the detachment for further testing.

As a result, the 42-year-old driver from Granby, Que., was charged with:

  • Operation of a motor vehicle while impaired – alcohol
  • Operation of a motor vehicle while impaired – blood alcohol concentration of over 80 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood

According to police, both drivers were released from police custody and are scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Napanee at a later date. Additional, both drivers had their licences suspended automatically for 90 days, suspensions that may be extended if the individuals are convicted. Both of the vehicles involved were towed and impounded for seven days. The accused parties will be responsible for all related fees and fines.

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