OPP say impaired driver was unaware of damage to her vehicle

The damages to a vehicle that was stopped by the L&A OPP in the early morning hours of Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024. Photo via L&A OPP.

Officers with the Lennox and Addington (L&A) County Detachment of the OPP were on patrol in the Amherstview area of Loyalist Township during the early hours of Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024. Just after 3 a.m., officers “pulled over a vehicle for observed traffic infractions,” the OPP said in a press release two days later.

In response to inquiries from Kingstonist, Constable David Yome, Media Relations Officer for L&A OPP, explained that the reason the officers pulled the vehicle over was twofold: the officers observed the vehicle fail to signal when turning and, when the license plate on the vehicle was run through the OPP database, information returned indicated no insurance on the vehicle had been verified.

According to police, the vehicle was stopped at a gas station on Sherwood Avenue in Amherstview. Upon approaching the driver, officers discovered extensive damage to the driver’s side of the vehicle. When asked where and how the damages to the vehicle were sustained, Constable Yome indicated that police couldn’t answer those questions, and for a shocking reason: the driver couldn’t tell them.

“The impaired driver had no idea how the damages occurred,” Yome said, noting that officers cross-referenced reports, but were unable to find any incidents that might be linked to the damages and case.

Further, the officers on scene found that the lone female driver in the vehicle “appeared to be intoxicated,” the OPP said. The driver was subsequently arrested and taken to the L&A OPP Detachment for further testing.

As a result, 20-year-old Rylie Hemlow of Kingston was charged with:

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

According to the OPP, Hemlow was released on an undertaking and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Napanee in mid-March, and her vehicle was impounded for seven days. Additionally, the accused driver had her licence automatically suspended for 90 days. Hemlow will face further licence suspension if convicted, and will be responsible for all fees and fines related to the towing/impounding of her vehicle.

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