Transport driver charged with impaired driving

A transport driver is facing several counts of impaired driving-related charges after he crashed his tractor-trailer on a 401 off-ramp near Kingston on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2024.

According to OPP and Kingston Police, the driver was operating a tractor trailer on Highway 401 westbound through Kingston at around 1:45 p.m. when he attempted to exit at the Highway 38 exit. While driving on the westbound off-ramp, the transport left the roadway on the west side of the off-ramp and struck a metal tower.

The tractor-trailer came to rest facing south with the trailer partially blocking the off-ramp and the cab stuck in the ditch.

OPP and Kingston Police jointly attended the scene and a Kingston Police investigating officer made observations that the accused was impaired by alcohol, according to Kingston Police.

“The accused was arrested and transported to police headquarters where they provided two breath samples. The accused was found to have more than two times the legal limit of alcohol in their system,” Kingston Police confirmed to the Kingstonist in an emailed statement.

A 50-year-old individual from Inglewood, northwest of Toronto, was charged with impaired operation of a conveyance, impaired operation of a conveyance while exceeding blood alcohol concentration, and two counts of breach of probation.

The tractor trailer was towed away and impounded, and the off-ramp was reopened after about 90 minutes. The accused was later released with a future court date.

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