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Transport driver facing impaired driving charges after nearly colliding with overpass bridge

Photo by Logan Cadue.

Officers of the Lennox and Addington (L&A) County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have charged a transport truck driver with impaired driving after the tractor-trailer narrowly missed colliding with an overpass bridge on Highway 401.

At approximately 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021, OPP officers responded to a report of a tractor-trailer travelling westbound in an erratic manner on Highway 401, according to a release from the OPP. Police said they initiated a traffic stop on Highway 401 in Greater Napanee after the tractor-trailer narrowly missed colliding with an overpass bridge.

Officers determined that the driver was showing signs of impairment, according to the release. An Approved Screening Device (ASD) was administered and the driver was subsequently arrested and transported to detachment for processing.   

L&A County OPP have charged Varinderjit Singh, age 39, of Vaudreuil-Dorion QC with:

  • Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle;
  • Operation While Impaired – alcohol and drug;
  • Failure or refusal to comply with demand; and
  • Two counts of fail to comply with a release order.

Singh was held for a bail hearing and is scheduled to appear by video at the Ontario Court of Justice in Greater Napanee on October 29, 2021. Singh’s licence was suspended for 90 days and the vehicle was impounded for seven days. They will be responsible for all related fees and fines.

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  • October 30, 2021 at 11:32 am
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    Drivers of transport trucks have become noticeably more reckless on the highway. Witnessed near misses twice this past month but couldn’t get plates. It really seems unsafe driving on the 401 with wall-to-wall transport these days.

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