Essex County OPP busy with impaired drivers over Easter weekend

Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) once again had their hands full, with impaired drivers over the long Easter weekend.

Over 24 hours, officers arrested at least four people for alleged impaired driving.

The first stop was shortly before 2:30 a.m. on Saturday on Albert Street in Leamington. An OPP patrol officer stopped a driver for failure to obey a stop sign. When the officer suspected the driver had been drinking, a roadside test was ordered.

The 34-year-old Leamington resident was charged with impaired driving, driving with over 80 milligrams of alcohol in blood, and failure to obey a stop sign.

At almost the same time, the second stop happened on Highway 3 in Essex. A driver was clocked going 145 kilometres per hour in an 80-kilometre-per-hour zone. That driver was also suspected of being impaired and issued a test.

The 36-year-old from Kingsville is charged with impaired driving, driving with excessive blood alcohol, stunt driving, and driving with liquor readily available.

Shortly before 12:40 a.m. on Easter Sunday, an officer stopped a vehicle being driven erratically on County Road 22 in Lakeshore. The driver was stopped and given a roadside test. A 59-year-old Windsor resident is impaired driving and driving with excessive blood alcohol.

Finally, a traffic stop took place around 2 a.m. on Sunday, also on County Road 22. This time, it was in Tecumseh.

A 36-year-old driver was spotted driving erratically. The driver kept going until arriving at a home, where they jumped out of the vehicle and tried to run before being apprehended.

The Tecumseh resident is charged with impaired driving, driving with excessive blood alcohol, and resisting a peace officer.

The drivers' vehicles were impounded for seven days except for the one with the stunt driving charge, which is 14 days. Each driver's licence is also suspended for 90 days.

The charges have not been proven in court. The drivers will each respond to them in a Windsor court over the next three weeks.

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