Police say on the evening of Wednesday, January 22nd, 2015 the Niagara Regional Police were kept busy with impaired drivers. Between 5pm and midnight four drivers were arrested for impaired driving offences.  Three of those drivers were involved in motor vehicle collisions.

The first arrest saw a male driver collide with another vehicle on Glendale Ave in south St Catharines. The male was found to have open alcohol in the vehicle and provide breath samples registering more than 4 times the legal limit of 80mg of alcohol.

The second arrest took place in Niagara Falls in a commercial parking lot on Lundy’s Lane near Stanley Ave. The male driver backed out of his parking spot and struck another parked vehicle. The male provided breath samples that registered 1.5 times the legal limit of 80mg. The male was also already on charge for impaired driving and driving while under suspension from two separate incidents in 2014

The third driver was arrested in Fort Erie after officers witnessed a male driving erratically. Further investigation revealed the male had taken the vehicle without the owner’s consent and he was currently on a release order that forbid him from possessing or consuming alcohol. The male provided breath samples that registered 1.5 times the legal limit of 80mg. He was charged with Over 80mg, taking a motor vehicle without consent, and 2 counts of breaching a recognizance release order.

The fourth arrest of the evening occurred in Thorold on Regional Road 20 just east of the Allanburg bridge when a female driver that had been witnessed driving erratically at a high rate of speed moments earlier, lost control of her truck in the S bend and entered the ditch landing the truck on its side.  Civilian witnesses assisted police in the investigation of the very impaired female. When police arrived she refused to cooperate with police and assaulted officers while being arrested. She provided breath samples registering almost 2 times the legal limit of 80mg of alcohol. She was charged with Impaired driving, Over 80mg, dangerous driving, assault police, and driving while under suspension

Impaired driving remains the number one criminal cause of death and the Niagara Regional Police remain committed to removing impaired drivers from the roadways of Niagara and keeping our roadways safe. Police ask for the assistance of the public in our efforts by calling police when seeing a possible impaired driver, stopping friends or family members who have been drinking from driving, and planning ahead when attending social events involving alcohol. Your actions can help save lives. Please don’t drink and drive.

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