A male in his 40s is facing multiple impaired driving charges after being stopped twice in Whitby over two days, and blowing well over the 80 mg legal limit both times.
The first incident took place on Wednesday February 20, 2019, at approximately 7:30 p.m. when a male was arrested in Whitby for driving impaired with his three children (aged 9-14) in a pickup truck. His breath test registered over three times the legal limit. He was charged with Operation While Impaired Alcoholand Drug and Operating While Impaired – Exceed 80 mg, and released on a Promise to Appear. His driver’s licence was suspended for 90 days and the pickup truck was impounded.
Just 19 hours later on Thursday February 21, 2019, at approximately 2:30 p.m., the same male was stopped in the area of Mary Street and Euclid Street in Whitby, however this time while driving a different vehicle. His breath test registered over 3.5 times the legal limit. He was additionally charged with Operation While Impaired – Exceed; Operation While Impaired Alcohol and Drug and Driving While Under Suspension. He was held for a bail hearing and that vehicle was impounded. The name of the male is being withheld to protect the identity of the children.
The number of impaired drivers on Durham’s roads continues to be a concern and police are reminding motorists there is a zero tolerance for impaired driving. Since the beginning of 2019, officers have laid 138 impaired driving related charges across the region, including 11 this week.
Over the past five years, Durham Police laid an average of 777 impaired related charges each year and DRPS wants to see that number go down. If you will be drinking or consuming drugs, please arrange a ride by taxi or ride sharing agency. Don’t Drink and Drive.