A citizen concerned about a suspicious vehicle, its motor still running but not moving, in downtown Brantford, Ont. has ended with a 70-year-old local being charged with impaired operation of a vehicle.
Local police officers on patrol discovered the senior at about 4 a.m. this past Tuesday, notes a statement from the Brantford Police Service.
Reaching the vehicle, the police saw that the senior was sleeping in the driver’s seat. Waking him up and speaking to the man, they saw signs of impairment.
Beyond being passed out and impaired, though, officers saw drug paraphernalia in clear view inside the vehicle.
That was enough to arrest the man and lay a charge of impaired operation, contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada. The code notes that “operation while impaired” includes, among other things, while “impaired to any degree by alcohol or a drug or by a combination of alcohol and a drug.”
The Brantford police report the police search of the vehicle revealed not only the drug paraphernalia but also several bags of suspected marijuana.
A drug evaluator expert subsequently performed an evaluation on the accused, for which he “performed poorly,” the police note.
Information from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation notes that if a driver fails the evaluation test, he or she “can be immediately suspended from driving and face criminal impaired driving charges.”
Indeed, the senior was charged, a licence suspension was issued and the man’s vehicle was impounded.
A first offence for drug-impaired driving, while having five nanograms or more of THC per millilitre of blood within two hours of driving, is punishable by a mandatory $1,000 fine and as long as 10 years in prison, according to the Government of Canada. If the THC count is more than two nanograms, but less than five, within two hours of driving, the maximum fine is $1,000.
The Ontario senior is hardly the only driver to be busted after falling asleep in a running vehicle.
This spring, a Minnesota man was found slumped over the steering wheel of his vehicle, but in no apparent distress, with the car still running at the gas pumps of a Quick Mart after store. After being woken up and evaluated, the man was charged with driving while impaired, having an open bottle in a vehicle and several other counts related to possessing narcotics and cannabis.
Last December, a welfare check by police regarding a man snoozing in his running truck in the middle of the road ended with the cops finding methamphetamine, cannabis and drug paraphernalia. The 24-year-old was subsequently charged with possessing meth, marijuana and unlawful drug paraphernalia, as well as driving on a revoked licence.
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