Members of the Bracebridge OPP arrested an impaired driver with the help of a concerned member of the public who called in to report erratic driving, according to a news release from April 15.
Police got a call from a concerned driver about a suspected impaired driver who was seen swerving and striking a curb just after 6 p.m. on April 13. Police responded and were able to locate the suspect vehicle on Cedar Lane north of Taylor Road. The driver stopped the vehicle but forgot to put it in park, so while officers were speaking with him, the vehicle began to roll away. The car was stopped and safely put into park, but the male driver was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while impaired by a drug.
James Clarke, 24, of Bracebridge has been charged with Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle under the Criminal Code, Operating without Insurance under the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act, Novice Driver with the Presence of Drug and Driving in Contravention of Conditions under the Highway Traffic Act. Clarke will appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Bracebridge on May 7 to answer to his charges.
Police said the arrest is another excellent example of the community and the police working together to keep the streets safe. The OPP extend their appreciation to the engaged community members that reached out to help.
If you observe or suspect someone is driving dangerously or impaired by alcohol or drug, contact the police at either 1(888) 310-1122 or 911.