Computer Device Helps OPP Nab Suspended Driver

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An automatic license plate reader installed in a Huron County OPP cruiser has helped nab a suspended driver.

On Sunday night, a Huron County OPP officer was monitoring traffic at the intersection of Adam St. and Goderich St. W in Seaforth when the ALPR sounded an audible alert when a pickup truck stopped at the stop sign on Adam St.

The computer device identified the attached license plate as being registered to a suspended driver so the officer followed the vehicle to a nearby residence.

While speaking with the driver, the officer allegedly detected the smell of alcohol.

The driver refused to provide a sample and further checks confirmed the driver’s identity and the fact he was prohibited from driving due to a previous conviction.

He was arrested and taken to the Exeter OPP Detachment. The 55-year-old Huron East man has been charged with driving while disqualified and failing to provide breath sample. His vehicle has been impounded for 45 days.