After a holiday season that saw no drivers arrested for driving while intoxicated in Prince Edward County, the local OPP detachment issued two charges for impaired driving last weekend.
Around 2:30 Saturday afternoon, police responded to reports a vehicle had struck a residence on Burns Ave. in Picton.
While speaking with the vehicle’s driver, a 73-year-old Picton woman, officers detected an odour of alcohol and administered a roadside test. They could not obtain a suitable sample at the scene, so the driver was arrested and brought to the detachment for a follow-up with a breath technician.
As a result, the driver was charged under the Criminal Code with having 80 mg blood alcohol content while operating a motor vehicle. Her licence was suspended, her vehicle impounded, and she was released with a promise to appear in Picton court Jan. 30.
The next day, police conducted a RIDE program checkpoint on County Rd. 22 near London Avenue. Officers spoke with a 53-year-old Picton man and subsequently charged him with having more than 80 mg blood alcohol content. He also had his vehicle impounded and his licence suspended. The man is also due to appear in Picton court Jan. 30.