Accused impaired driver in St. Catharines had open can of beer as he drove his kids to school: NRPS


Published October 4, 2021 at 7:10 pm

Police say a Lincoln man drove his children to school in St. Catharines on Monday with an open can of beer in the car, and no valid driver’s licence.

The driver is now facing more than a six pack’s worth of charges.

Niagara Regional Police Service states that on Monday, officers in St. Catharines were on general patrol duty when they pulled over a suspected suspended driver in the area of Niagara Street and Lakeshore Road. Their investigation revealed the driver had just dropped off his children at school and was observed with an open can of beer in the passenger seat.

Further investigation revealed that the driver was displaying signs of impairment. As a result, the driver was asked to provide a breath sample, which indicated a fail, suggesting that his blood-alcohol content (BAC) was above the legal limit.

The eight counts against the man include charges under the Criminal Code of Canada as well as the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act (CAIA), Highway Traffic Act (HTA) and Liquor Licence Act (LLA):

  • Impaired operation of a conveyance, with a BAC exceeding the legal limit;
  • Impaired operation of a conveyance
  • Driving while under suspension; 53(1) HTA
  • Driving a motor vehicle with no licence;
  • Owning-operating a motor vehicle on a highway with no insurance;
  • Surrender of a false insurance card;
  • Knowingly using a false insurance card;
  • Driving a motor vehicle with an open container of liquor.

Adam Manuel, 37, was was held in custody pending a bail hearing. He was expected to make a court appearance at some point on Monday.


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