OPP badge closeup

Danielle Marr – file photo

A Sydenham man was pulled out of the village’s Santa Claus parade for allegedly driving while impaired by alcohol.

The parade began at 10 a.m. and was meant to finish by 11 a.m. on Nov. 24. According to police, someone at the event spoke with the driver before the parade and became concerned when they smelled alcohol. The person then told police at 10:21 a.m. that the driver may be drunk.

Just after 10:30 a.m. police pulled over the driver of an older model Jeep at the intersection of George and Wheatly Street. Police say Peter John Trousdale, 37, was arrested during the parade. Global Kingston has also learned from the OPP that Trousdale was allegedly driving with a child under 12 years-old during the parade. Sources tell Global News it was his son.

Trousdale was charged with having more than 80 milligrams of alcohol in his blood while operating a motor vehicle.

He was released on a promise to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Kingston on Dec. 13.

Source: Global News