A Whitchurch-Souffville man is facing a half-dozen charges related to impaired driving following an accident that injured a woman and four children Thursday (April 4) morning.
According to the York Regional Police, officers were called to a serious two-vehicle collision that occurred on Stouffville Road, between Kennedy Road and McCowan Road, around 8:20 a.m.
“In one of the vehicles, officers found an adult female driver along with four children – a 13-year-old, two 12-year-olds and a seven-year-old who were all taken to hospital suffering from injuries,” reads a media release from police.
“A 47-year-old male driver, who was the single occupant in the other vehicle, had to be extricated. He was placed under arrest for impaired driving and transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.”
Kai Ming (Calvin) Lo, 47, has been charged with impaired driving, 80 plus and four counts of impaired operation cause bodily harm.
He is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Newmarket on April 23.
“Five innocent people, four of them being children, narrowly escaped this collision with their lives yesterday morning due to an impaired driver,” said Chief Eric Jolliffe.
“Our community must come together to end impaired driving. If you know that someone is about to drive while impaired call 911 and please do the same if you spot a suspected impaired driver on our roads. Your call will save lives.”
The media release thanks members of the community for helping police stop and arrest impaired drivers by calling 911.
“We consider these incidents a life-threatening crime in progress and will continue to respond to these calls. So far in 2019, more than 600 calls to 911 have helped to safely remove impaired drivers from our roads, which has led to more than 300 impaired-related criminal charges being laid,” it reads.
“The legal consequences of an impaired driving charge can include roadside vehicle impoundment and automatic driver’s licence suspension, as well as further consequences imposed by the courts, including longer licence suspensions, large fines and in some cases, jail time.”