O.P.P., Brockville police deal with drug impaired driver

(Newswatch Group/File)

LANSDOWNE/BROCKVILLE – Leeds County O.P.P. and Brockville police had their hands full with a man accused of causing a crash on Highway 401 near Gananoque and later found staggering in downtown Brockville.

It started around 8 a.m. Thursday (April 7) when an O.P.P. officer saw a crash happen in the eastbound lanes of Highway 401 in Leeds and the Thousand Islands Township.

The driver of a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee was arrested and charged with driving while impaired by a drug.

He was tested by an O.P.P. Drug Recognition Expert officer, police said.

A 57-year-old man from York, Ont. was taken to hospital in Brockville by ambulance and was later released.

He was subsequently charged with failing to have insurance and providing false insurance and will appear in a Brockville court May 13, 2016.

But later in the day, around 7:30 p.m., Brockville police were called to a south-end street to check on a man staggering in the street.

The man, described as being under the influence of a drug an unable to look after himself, was taken to hospital and “admitted for proper treatment,” said police.

City police said they found a quantity of narcotics and cash during their dealings with the man.