Hamilton

Toronto driver arrested after switching seats while driving, police say

Hamilton police say they made a traffic stop on the Lincoln Alexander Parkway Wednesday where the driver and passenger switched seats while the vehicle was still moving.
Police arrested a man on the Lincoln Alexander Parkway after they say he switched seats with his passenger while the vehicle was still moving. (Dan Taekema/CBC)

Hamilton police say they made a traffic stop on the Lincoln Alexander Parkway Wednesday where the driver and passenger switched seats while the vehicle was still moving.

Police say they saw a man talking on his cell phone while driving just before 7 p.m. The officer tried to stop the vehicle, and watched two people inside change seats while it was still moving on the highway.

That made the vehicle swerve, police say, and it almost hit a curb.

Once they'd assumed their new positions, the vehicle stopped. The officer approached the original driver, who was sitting on the passenger side. There was "an altercation," police say, and the man ran away.

Police say they saw a bottle with a "liquid substance" containing codeine, and arrested the man in the driver's seat.

A 21-year-old Toronto man is charged with dangerous operation of a vehicle, obstructing a peace officer, possession of a controlled substance (codeine) and two counts of failing to comply with probation.

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