LaSalle police recently charged and hospitalized a 32-year-old Amherstburg man who had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.3 — nearly four times the legal limit.
Police said the severe intoxication caused the man to soil himself and lose his pants during the course of the arrest.
“We run into this every now and again but no matter what jurisdiction you are in, sadly, you will come across a story like this,” said LaSalle police Const. Harbinder Gill.
Gill said an alert motorist noticed the intoxicated driver in the area of County Road 20 around 9 p.m. on Dec. 20.
An officer on County Road 20 spotted the driver who Gill said was travelling about 25 km/h under the posted speed limit and swerving in and out of his lane.
The motorist eventually pulled over.
“(The officer) goes up to the guy and his nose and face is covered in snot and his windows are open,” Gill said.
“He had coffee on his face — I guess he was trying to mask the smell of alcohol by drinking coffee — but if you have had that much you can’t mask it with anything.”
As the man exited the vehicle, Gill said the motorist had failed to put it in park.
“The car started rolling and so when he went to chase after it his pants fell down,” Gill said.
“The man had urinated himself, his pants fell down and they still had to run about 20 metres after the car.”
The officer arrested the man and took him back to police headquarters where paramedics eventually transported him to hospital.
“We did not want to take any chances because at that level there could be the risk of alcohol poisoning,” Gill said.
“Our obligation is preservation of life and security of everyone.”
Gill said the 32-year-old Amherstburg man was charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle and driving with a blood alcohol level over .08. His vehicle was impounded for seven days and his license will be suspended for 90 days.
He was released from the hospital with a promise to appear in court.
“He could have killed himself or someone else,” Gill said. “I share this not to embarrass the guy but to use as a learning moment. If you see something you know isn’t right, call us.”
With holiday libations and people away on vacations, Gill said it’s important to be alert this time of year.
“Whether it’s a van parked at your neighbour’s that you’ve never seen before or someone swerving on the road, please call us,” Gill said.
To alert police to suspicious activity call 519-969-5210 in LaSalle, 519-736-3622 in Amherstburg, 519-723-2491 in Essex County and 519-258-6111. For emergency situations, call 911.
Source: Windsor Star