Over the past few days, officers from the Barrie Police Service have been kept busy responding to a number of incidents involving impaired drivers.

On Sunday, March 5, 2023, at 1:54 a.m., Barrie Police was made aware of motorist who struck a post in the drive thru lane of a fast food restaurant on Bayfield St. in the city of Barrie. Upon arrival at the scene, police determined that the driver, a 17-year-old youth from Angus, Ontario, was operating a motor vehicle while his ability to do so was impaired by alcohol. The youth was arrested and transported to Barrie Police Headquarters where the investigation continued. As a result, the youth has been charged with Operation while Impaired and Operation while Impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus) and will be appearing at the Ontario Court of Justice in Barrie on March 22, 2023, to answer to these and a number of Provincial Offences Act charges.

The second incident occurred yesterday morning, shortly after 8:30 a.m., when Barrie Police officers responded to a report of a collision on Edgehill Dr. after a motor vehicle left the roadway and struck a hydro pole. The uninjured driver, a 35-year-old female from Barrie, was arrested at the scene after exhibiting obvious signs of impairment. She was transported to Barrie Police Headquarters where a qualified Drug Recognition Evaluator determined that her ability to operate a motor vehicle was impaired by drug. This driver was charged with Impaired Operation and was also released on an undertaking that requires attendance at the Ontario Court of Justice in Barrie on March 22, 2023.

Both of these drivers have had their motor vehicles impounded for seven days and were served 90-day driver’s licence suspensions in accordance with the Administrative Driver’s Licence Suspension (ADLS) program.

Occurrence #: BA23013846/BA23014080
Prepared by: Corporate Communications Coordinator, Peter Leon


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