Drug-Impaired Driver Charged After Driving With An Infant In His Vehicle

Thursday September 26th, 2019

Posted at 3:29pm


An adult male is facing an impaired by drug driving charge after being stopped by officers after driving with an infant passenger in his vehicle.

Police say around 8pm on Wednesday, September 2th, 2019 a witness called 911 to report that a suspected impaired driver had been acting aggressively while making a purchase at a business located on Sandwich Street North in Amherstburg.

The male was then observed to enter and drive away in a motor vehicle with an infant passenger onboard.

The witness then observed erratic and unsafe driving by the suspected driver and called 911 to report the incident.

Minutes later officers located the suspect vehicle and stopped it in the area of Richmond Street and Boardwalk Avenue. Officers confirmed the vehicle had one adult male driver and an infant passenger.

Upon investigating the incident, officers detected signs of physical impairment with the driver but ruled out the involvement of alcohol.
The driver was arrested for impaired operation of a motor vehicle (conveyance) due to the previous consumption of drugs.

He was transported to Windsor Police Service Headquarters and assessed by a Drug Recognition Expert.

The evaluation determined that it was believed the suspect’s ability to operate a motor vehicle had been impaired due to the previous consumption of drugs, including cannabis.

A search of the involved vehicle revealed several items, including a prohibited weapon and a small quantity of suspected cannabis.
The infant was not injured and returned to a caregiver.

The adult male is facing charges of impaired (by drug) operation of a motor vehicle (conveyance), possession of a prohibited weapon and driving a vehicle with cannabis readily available.

The identity of the charged male is not being released to protect the identity of the infant passenger.



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