Kingston Police report that a 79-year-old local man was charged with impaired driving after running over a sign in the median and then driving off in a smoking vehicle.
On March 17 at approximately 9:30 p.m. the accused was driving southbound on Bayridge Drive when he struck a sign in the median just north of Taylor Kidd Boulevard. Several parts broke off his vehicle and the sign was bent back.
As police were called, the accused drove off, continuing southbound. With the assistance of witnesses, police located the man driving his vehicle on Bayridge Drive as smoke was coming from the right side. The officer stopped the vehicle and noted the airbags had been deployed and smoke was coming from the right front tire, where vehicle parts had been shoved back against it.
The driver was arrested for impaired driving and transported to police headquarters, where he provided two breath samples. He was found to have just under two times the legal limit of alcohol in his system.
The accused was charged with impaired driving and operating a vehicle with over 80 mg of alcohol.
He was later released on a Promise to Appear (PTA) with a future court date. His driver’s licence is automatically suspended for 90 days and he will face a one year suspension if convicted. The vehicle was seized and impounded for seven days, with the accused being responsible for all fees and fines.