Scugog man charged with impaired driving after snow plow ends up in ditch in Georgina

A 28-year-old Scugog man is facing impaired driving charges after the snow plow he was operating left the road and rolled into a ditch in Georgina.

According to the York Region Police, officers were called to Baseline Road, west of Civic Centre Road, for a report of a single-vehicle collision around 7 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 1).

“When officers arrived, they found a snow plow had left the roadway and rolled on its side. During the collision, the truck struck a hydro pole,” reads a media release.

“As officers spoke with the driver, they could smell alcohol and he was placed under arrest.”

The driver subsequently failed a breath test, police say.

The man, whose name has not been released, has been charged with 80 plus, impaired driving and dangerous operation.

“In 2019, York Regional Police received 3,500 calls to 9-1-1 to report suspected impaired drivers as part of our ‘Safe Roads, Your Call’ program. That was an increase of nearly 18 per cent from the previous year. Many of those calls led to the more than 1,700 impaired-related criminal charges being laid. If you see dangerous driving or behaviours on the road that could jeopardize the safety of motorists and pedestrians, you are encouraged to call 911 immediately,” reads a media release.

“York Regional Police continues to remind residents that the safest amount of alcohol or drugs to consume before you drive is zero. We’re not giving up.”

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