On Monday, February 19, 2024, two drivers learned that if you’re going to be consuming alcohol, planning ahead and not driving is the safest option available.

Early yesterday morning, at 2:09 a.m., Barrie Police responded to the Collier Street parkade after security observed a number of people, who were believed to be impaired making their way to cars that were parked within the elevated parking structure. Just after 2:30 a.m., a vehicle exited the parkade, police followed it westbound onto Collier Street where a traffic stop was conducted. The driver, a 21-year-old male from Midland, exhibited signs of impairment and was placed under arrest for impaired driving. He was transported to Barrie Police Headquarters where it was confirmed that he was driving in excess of the legal limit. The driver is now facing charges of Operate while Impaired – Alcohol,  Operate while Impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus) and also with Novice Driver – Blood Alcohol Concentration above Zero. He was released from custody and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice located in Barrie on March 6, 2024.

A second driver was found to be impaired last night after being involved in a collision at Wellington and Donald Streets. This driver failed to stop for a stop sign on Donald Street shortly after 9:00 p.m. , struck a motor vehicle that was travelling eastbound on Wellington Street West and was found to be visibly impaired. As a result, a 42-year-old male from Collingwood was transported to Barrie Police Headquarters where a qualified breathalyzer technician determined that at the time of the collision, his blood alcohol concentration was in excess of two and a half times the legal limit. The accused is now facing charges that include Operate while Impaired, Operate while Impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus), Careless Driving, Fail to Surrender Insurance Card and Possess More than One Licence. He is scheduled to appear in court at the Ontario Court of Justice located in Barrie on March 18, 2024.

In both of these cases, the drivers have had their driver’s licences suspended for 90- days and the motor vehicles they were operating have been impounded for 7- days in accordance with the Administrative Driver’s Licence Suspension (ADLS) program.

Occurrence #: BA24009424/BA24009523
Prepared by: Corporate Communications Coordinator Peter Leon


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