In an effort to bring further attention and deterrence to driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs, the Niagara Regional Police Service will be reporting the names of those people who are charged with an alleged criminal impaired driving offence in the Region.


In addition to being charged, the majority of these individuals are also bound by a Ministry of Transportation 90-Day Administrative Driver’s Licence Suspension and are prohibited from operating a motor vehicle on a roadway. The public is encouraged to contact the Niagara Regional Police Service Traffic Safety Hotline or Crime Stoppers to report those who are driving in contravention of the suspension.

Police say the following individuals have been charged criminally with impaired driving by alcohol or drugs, driving with a blood alcohol concentration above 80 mgs of alcohol in 100 ml of blood, or refusing to provide a breath / blood sample.

Thomas M. COWAN 48 years, St. Catharines
Czeslaw S. RZESZUTO 61 years, St. Catharines
Rachele C. A. GINGRAS 30 years, Port Colborne
Colten S. OLSEN 22 years, St. Catharines
Mirolsav KOSTENYUK 33 years, St. Catharines
James D. KRAMER 52 years, Port Colborne
Tashawanda C. CARTER 26 years, Toronto

More alarming then the list of impaired drivers this week are the samples that 5 of them provided.  Two of the seven individuals were charged with refusing to provide a sample of their breath for analysis.  However, the five that did provide samples of their breath, received an average 248 milligrams of alcohol in 100 ml of blood, which is over three times the legal limit.  The lowest of these readings was 178 with the highest reading of 328 milligrams of alcohol in 100 ml of blood.

Many of the impaired arrests that the Niagara Regional Police make are a result of vigilant citizens.  Special thanks go out to those individuals for assisting the police in removing these very dangerous drivers from our roadways.  Please continue to call police if you suspect someone of alcohol or drug impaired driving.

The Niagara Regional Police Service is committed to reducing impaired driving offences through education and the apprehension of offenders through enforcement programs like RIDE. Impaired driving is still the leading cause of criminal deaths in Canada and destroys thousands of lives every year.

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