‘He was unable to put a sentence together,’ prosecutor tells Kitchener court

A motorist banned from driving for five years in 2014 was impaired by alcohol last winter when he almost struck several cars on Highway 401, court was told on Thursday.

Stopped by police in a “rolling block,” Mohammad Ahmadi “had a dazed and confused expression on his face,” Crown prosecutor Cynthia Jennison said. “He was unable to put a sentence together and provided one-word responses and had slurred speech.”

Just before 1 a.m. on Feb. 25, police got a report of a possible drunk driver on the 401 at James Snow Parkway in Milton.

“The driver almost caused several collisions while driving in a dangerous and erratic manner,” Jennison said.

A motorist followed the Honda Civic as it exited on Highway 6 North, did a U-turn and then re-entered westbound 401.

Police spotted the car at 1:25 a.m. on the 401 at Highway 24 in Cambridge.

“The officer observed the vehicle swerve dangerously into adjacent lanes, coming close to striking other motorists,” Jennison said. “The officer completed a rolling block with another officer and they were able to stop the vehicle in a live lane of traffic.”

Breath tests showed Ahmadi had more than twice the legal blood-alcohol level.

The Guelph man produced a driver’s licence, which turned out to be his brother’s. Ahmadi was handed a five-year driving ban in 2014 for dangerous driving causing bodily harm.

He pleaded guilty in Kitchener court to impaired driving, driving while disqualified and fraudulent impersonation to try to avoid prosecution. He will be sentenced on Dec. 12.

Source: The Waterloo Region Record