Police say alleged impaired driver had four-year-old daughter in the vehicle

A four-year-old girl escaped without injury after an alleged impaired driver fled from police in York Region.

According to the York Regional Police, a concerned citizen called 911 around 10:30 p.m. Sunday (May 24) after spotting a suspected impaired driver in the area of Yonge Street and St John’s Sideroad in Aurora.

“The caller advised she had seen the suspect vehicle swerve in and out of the lane, nearly going into the ditch, then stop in the middle of the intersection,” reads a media release.

“Officers located the vehicle and activated their roof lights in an attempt to pull it over, however, the driver fled. Officers were able to contain the vehicle in the area of Lenarthur Court. The driver showed signs of impairment and was placed under arrest.”

Police say the drive refused to provide a breath sample when asked.

“A four-year-old child who was in the vehicle at the time was fortunately not injured. The Children’s Aid Society was contacted and the child was picked up at the scene by her mother,” the media release reads.

The driver, a 34-year-old man from Newmarket has been charged with impaired driving, failure or refusal to comply with breath demand and flight from peace officer.

His name has not been released to protect the identity of the child.

Police also shared video footage of the incident, which notes the man charged is her father.

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