Tweed couple facing charges after both drive impaired on same night

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Attending the scene of the crash of their significant other has led to impaired driving charges for one Tweed resident — whose partner was also found to be impaired after crashing a vehicle.

Just before 10:45 p.m. on Thursday, May 18, 2023, Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers from the Central Hastings Detachment responded to the single-vehicle rollover on Marlbank Road in Tweed. According to a release from the OPP, the driver sustained minor injuries during the collision and was later transported to the hospital by Hastings-Quinte EMS.

While officers were at the scene of the rollover, another driver arrived with open liquor in their vehicle. Investigation resulted in both drivers being arrested, OPP said, noting that the pair are in a relationship.

Gregory Shaw, 33 years old from Tweed, was charged with the following offences:

  • Operating a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol
  • Operating a motor vehicle while impaired with a blood alcohol concentration exceeding the legal limit
  • Operating a motor vehicle while prohibited under the Criminal Code
  • Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle

Morgan Newson, 28 years old from Tweed, was charged with the following offences:

  • Operating a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol
  • Operating a motor vehicle while impaired with a blood alcohol concentration exceeding the legal limit
  • Two counts of driving while under suspension
  • Driving a motor vehicle with liquor readily available

Both accused were released from custody and are scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Belleville in June 2023. Both vehicles were towed and impounded for seven days and the drivers received 90 day licence suspensions. The accused individuals will be responsible for all related fees and fines, and their licence suspensions extended if convicted.

“If you suspect that someone is driving or about to drive impaired, call 9-1-1 and report it. You could save a life,” OPP said.

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