Peterborough police cruiser

– Lance Anderson

The man who drove south on northbound George Street and in reverse is facing impaired driving charges.

Around 8:35 p.m. on Dec. 29, police received calls about a possible impaired driver in the Towerhill Road area of Peterborough.

Officers found the vehicle a short time later driving the wrong way and in reverse down George Street North, a two-lane road for southbound traffic only. The vehicle then stopped in the middle of the intersection at George and Hilliard streets.

While speaking with the driver, officers could smell alcohol on his breath. During a subsequent breath test, police say the driver was found to have more than twice the legal limit of alcohol in his system. It was also revealed through the investigation that the driver had been following a witness, and driving in an aggressive manner and at a high rate of speed while flashing his high beams at the witness.

Rodney Curtis, 55, of Towerhill Road was charged with operating a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol content of more than 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood, impaired driving and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

In court on Feb. 13, he pleaded guilty to impaired driving and agreed to pay a $1,100 fine, plus $330 in court surcharges.

The additional charges were withdrawn.

Source: MyKawartha.com