Snowplow operator charged with drunk driving after ending up in ditch

Ontario Provincial police have charged a man with drunk-driving offences after finding his snowplow in a ditch.

Police receive complaint of erratic driving on Highway 11

The operator of a snowplow similar to the one pictured had his driver's licence suspended for 90 days and is facing two charges after police found his machine in a ditch. (Paul Montgomery/Facebook)

Ontario Provincial police in Gravenhurst have charged a man with drunk-driving offences after finding his snowplow in a ditch.

Shane Joudrey, 44, of nearby Hunstville was arrested Saturday night and charged with impaired driving and driving with an open container of liquor, according to Bracebridge OPP.

Police were alerted to a snowplow operator's erratic driving by a concerned motorist travelling along Highway 11 near Doe Lake Road.

Officers found the snowplow in a ditch on a road near the highway at around 8 p.m. Saturday.

Joudrey is scheduled to appear in court Jan. 12. In the meantime, his driver's licence has been suspended for 90 days.


To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.