Drive-thru call leads to charges for impaired novice driver from Brampton, police say

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Published May 14, 2024 at 10:10 am

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Stopping to grab some take-out ended in handcuffs for an impaired rookie driver from Brampton caught in a vehicle with stolen plates, police say.

The OPP says officers got a call from a concerned citizen about a driver in Bolton on May 5 around 5 a.m. Police say the Good Samaritan became concerned after witnessing the driver enter a restaurant drive-through.

When officers arrived they found the driver was a 23-year-old male driver from Brampton with a graduated licence who had a blood alcohol concentration above zero. The vehicle also had stolen plates, police said.

The 23-year-old male driver from Brampton was arrested and charged with one count each of novice driver – B.A.C. above zero, and possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000.

The accused is scheduled to make a court appearance in Orangeville on June 6 to answer the charges.

Novice drivers are under several restrictions in Ontario:

  • G1 drivers are required to maintain a blood-alcohol level of zero while operating a vehicle.
  • Driving alone is not permitted; an accompanying driver with a valid Class G (or higher) licence, a minimum of four years of driving experience, and a blood-alcohol level below .05% must occupy the front passenger seat.
  • All occupants of the vehicle must utilize functioning seatbelts.
  • G1 drivers are prohibited from driving on 400-series highways with speed limits exceeding 80 km/h, as well as certain high-speed roads such as the Queen Elizabeth Way, Don Valley Parkway, Gardiner Expressway, E.C. Row Expressway, and Conestoga Parkway unless accompanied by a driving instructor.
  • Driving between midnight and 5 a.m. is restricted for G1 drivers.

Impaired driving offences in Ontario can lead to 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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