OPP arrest three suspected impaired drivers on weekend

An Ontario Provincial Police cruiser. (Photo from the OPP's Twitter page)

Ontario Provincial Police were busy over the weekend, arresting three people in Essex County for suspected drunk driving.

The first traffic stop took place Saturday night around 10:30 p.m. An OPP patrol officer spotted a vehicle speeding on White Street in Leamington. After pulling the driver over, the officer determined the driver was impaired, after which the driver gave the officer a false name. The 24-year-old Leamington man is charged with driving with a blood-alcohol level over 80 milligrams and obstructing a peace officer.

The second stop was at 3:30 a.m. Sunday in Leamington. Officers spotted a vehicle that was being driven erratically and stopped it. The 50-year-old Kingsville woman was charged with operating while impaired and driving with over 80 milligrams of alcohol in blood.

The third and final stop was around 10:20 p.m. Sunday in Kingsville. An OPP officer stopped a vehicle for speeding on Main Street. Upon questioning, the officer determined that the driver was impaired. After failing a roadside screening, the 43-year-old Kingsville man was arrested and charged with failure or refusal to comply with an order.

None of the above charges have been proven in court. Each driver’s licence was suspended automatically for 90 days, and their vehicles were impounded for seven days. The suspects will each have a chance to respond to the charges at later court dates.