A 28-year-old female driver has been charged with impaired-related driving offences after being spotted driving the wrong direction on Highway 407.
According to York Regional Police, on Saturday, July 27, 2019, shortly after 2 am, officers in the police helicopter Air2 responded to the area of Highway 407 and Keele Street for a report of a person driving the wrong direction on the highway.
When the police helicopter arrived, they spotted the vehicle travelling eastbound in the westbound lanes.
Police in the chopper maintained observations and directed officers to the vehicle.
Officers said that “after narrowly missing oncoming cars and driving through a construction zone, the suspect vehicle slowed to a stop near Ninth Line, turned around and began travelling west in the westbound lanes.”
Police stopped the car and investigated the driver. They allege there was a strong smell of burnt cannabis inside the vehicle, and they say the driver “was showing obvious signs of impairment.”
After being placed under arrest, officers located cannabis in the car, along with an open bottle of rum. The driver’s breath test was over the legal limit of alcohol.
The driver is charged with impaired operation, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, driving with an open container of liquor, driving with cannabis readily available, among other charges.
Police released the footage of the driver on the highway.
Leading up to the long weekend, York Regional Police are reminding drivers that officers will be conducting RIDE spot checks both day and night.