Impaired driving charges laid against 27 motorists in York

A total of 27 motorists were charged with impaired driving in York Region last week.

Police shared details of one of the arrests, which came around 3 p.m. in Markham on Friday (May 31).

“York Regional Police received a call to 9-1-1 from a concerned citizen who had watched a driver collide with a parked car, drive away, strike a pole in front of his house before exiting his vehicle, falling to the ground, then staggering inside. When officers arrived, they saw a damaged car on Norbury Drive in Markham, along with a trail of fluids that led them to the house the suspect driver had entered,” a media release from police reads.

“York Region Paramedics were already on scene speaking with the suspect inside his residence. He was not injured, but appeared to be impaired by alcohol.”

The 66-year-old driver was charged with impaired operation, 80 plus, dangerous operation and fail to stop after a collision.

“York Regional Police is reminding residents it has temporarily suspended the release of names of drivers charged with impaired driving as we review the process and analyze the data to determine if the practice has resulted in reduced incidents of impaired driving,” the media release reads.

Police are reminding residents to call 911 if they spot a suspected impaired driver.

“We consider these incidents a life-threatening crime in progress and will continue to respond to these calls,” reads a media release from police.

“More than 5,000 people call 911 to report impaired driving each year. So far in 2019, more than 1,000 calls to 911 have helped to safely remove impaired drivers from our roads, which has led to more than 600 impaired-related criminal charges being laid. These 911 calls have come in to us from many different sources, from others motorists, pedestrians, drive-thru employees, gas station attendants, liquor store employees, neighbours, family and friends calling in to prevent potentially devastating situations. These calls save lives.”

They also shared a video of one call that led to an arrest.

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