Hamilton police stop driver with open beer, another passed out in snowbank
Hamilton police dealt with a number of incidents involving suspected impaired drivers on Hamilton streets over the weekend.
The first happened on Friday around 9 p.m., when officers were called to Upper James Street and Fennell Avenue East. A witness told police they’d seen a large U-Haul truck swerving on the road before slamming into a pole.
The truck then sped off and the witness followed — right to an LCBO parking lot, police say.
Officers arrived and administered a roadside breathalyzer, which the driver failed, police say.
A 46-year-old Hamilton man was arrested and charged with over 80. He was released on a promise to appear.
Then just before midnight on Friday, officers were called to Fruitland Road and North Service Road for a possible impaired driver. When officers got there, they found a vehicle parked against a snow bank and the driver passed out behind the wheel, police say.
According to a news release, the driver “finally responded to police presence,” and showed signs of being impaired. He was taken to the police station where he failed a breathalyzer, police say.
A 52-year-old Hamilton man was arrested and charged with over 80 and driving with a disqualified license.
Then on Saturday, Feb. 8, a police officer saw a car swerving in a southbound lane on Upper Wentworth Street, police say.
“The driver had actually come to a complete stop at a green light at the entrance ramp to the Lincoln Alexander Expressway,” a police news release reads. The driver showed “obvious signs of impairment,” police say – among them, an open, half-full bottle of beer in the car’s cup holder.
The driver was taken to central police station and given a breathalyzer, which she failed.
A 23-year-old Toronto woman was released on a promise to appear and charged with impaired operation and over 80.