Report of possible impaired driver on Glenora Ferry leads to arrest

The Glenora Ferry, operated by the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO), spans a narrow of Lake Ontario between Adolphustown and Glenora. Photo via MTO’s Glenora Ferry account on Twitter.

A Napanee resident is facing charges after the Lennox and Addington (L&A) County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report from a concerned citizen.

According to the OPP, just after 7 p.m. on Sunday, Mar. 17, 2024, officers received a report of a possible impaired driver on the Glenora Ferry, which was arriving at Highway 33 near Adolphustown at the time. The Glenora Ferry spans the narrow of Lake Ontario between Glenora in Prince Edward County and Adolphustown in Loyalist Township (and L&A County).

Responding officers located the vehicle in question parked at a residence on County Road 8 near Highway 33, not far from the Adolphustown dock for the ferry service, according to a press release from the OPP the following day.

“Police arrested the driver for impaired driving,” the L&A OPP stated.

As a result of the ensuing investigation, 60-year-old Jeffrey Gagne was charged with:

  • Operation of a motor vehicle while impaired – alcohol and drugs
  • Operation of a motor vehicle while impaired – blood alcohol concentration exceeding the legal limit

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

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