Impaired drivers asleep at the wheel, run from accidents, police say

Hamilton police were busy with impaired driving arrests over the holiday weekend.

Hamilton police were busy with impaired driving arrests over the holiday weekend.

On Saturday around 12:30 a.m., police were called after a silver SUV struck a median at Barton Street East and Elgin Street. When officers got there, witnesses told them that the man who had been driving abandoned his vehicle and ran off on Elgin Street.

Police tracked the driver down, and he was arrested and taken to the police station, where he refused to take a breathalyzer. A 27-year-old Hamilton man was arrested and charged with impaired driving and refusing a breath sample.

Then on Monday at 10:15 p.m., police found a driver asleep behind the wheel of her car in the area of Upper Sherman Avenue and Crockett Street. The officers woke her up and could smell alcohol.

A 64-year-old woman was arrested and charged with impaired driving and over 80. She was released on a promise to appear.

Police say they conducted 30 ride programs throughout the city over the weekend. Over 3,800 vehicles were stopped and three drivers were given roadside tests. They all passed, police say.

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