Crash into ditch leads to suspension and impaired driving charges for Brampton man


Published April 24, 2024 at 12:57 pm

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What started as a call to help a stranded motorist ended with police suspending the licence of a man from Brampton and taking his vehicle off the road.

The call came in around 11 p.m. on Friday when the OPP says officers from the Caledon detachment responded to a single-vehicle crash on Dixie Road.

Someone spotted a vehicle in the ditch near Old School Road on Dixie Road and when officers arrived on the scene they found a 36-year-old man who had suffered minor injuries.

Investigators say the 36-year-old from Brampton was the only occupant of the vehicle.

But while investigating the crash police say officers had reason to believe the victim’s ability to operate a motor vehicle was impaired by alcohol.

The OPP says a 36-year-old man from Brampton was arrested and charged with one count each of operation while impaired, operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus), and having care or control of a motor vehicle with open container of liquor.

The accused is scheduled to make a court appearance on May 9 in Orangeville to answer the charges.

The OPP has suspended the Brampton driver’s licence for 90 days while the vehicle involved in the crash was impounded for a week.

Penalties for an impaired driving offence in Ontario include immediate licence suspensions, fines, vehicle impoundment, and enrollment in education or treatment programs.

Police say anyone who suspects a driver of operating while impaired by drugs or alcohol is encouraged to call 911 and report it when safe to do so.

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