Officers alerted by tip from public

– Courtesy South Simcoe Police

A 54-year-old Newmarket man escaped injury but is facing impaired driving charges after veering into a construction zone and winding up on an eight-foot rock pile.

South Simcoe Police Service officers received a call about a possible impaired driver at Line 5 and Hwy. 400 in Bradford West Gwillimbury around 11 p.m. Thursday, July 12.

Responding officers found a van on its side and wedged on top of an approximately eight feet high pile of rocks used for road construction, police said.

The driver wasn’t injured but posted blood alcohol readings of nearly three times the legal limit when tested, according to police.

He was charged with impaired driving and over 80. He will appear in court at the end of the month.

“Sadly, we continue to arrest impaired drivers in our communities,” Sue Sgambati, South Simcoe Police spokesperson, said.

“People are still not getting the message that driving drunk is a dangerous gamble that can have very tragic results. However, we are encouraged by the number of good citizens who are calling us to report suspected impaired drivers, as was the case in this incident and we thank them for their ongoing support and assistance as we continue our shared responsibility to road safety.”

Source: YorkRegion.com