Impaired driving remains a lingering issue in the area

Some drivers apparently still aren't getting the message that drinking and driving don't mix.

Lambton OPP report two individual cases where drivers were behind the wheel in an alleged state of intoxication. The first, in Sarnia, occurred around 8 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 22), when an OPP officer, travelling south along Christina St. near Maxwell observed a 2002 Oldsmobile being operated erratically.

The officer followed the vehicle to a parking lot at Front St. and London Road where it stopped. The 21-year-old female driver allegedly showed signs of having consumed alcohol and subsequently failed a roadside test. The driver was then arrested and brought to the OPP detachment in Point Edward, where she provided a breath test.

The accused will appear in Sarnia court on March 12 to answer to charges of impaired driving and being over the legal limit.

In a second incident, which occurred in Point Edward about 2 a.m. Thursday (Feb. 23), OPP were called to the Blue Water Bridge after a Canada Border Services officer saw a female driver, attempting to enter Canada, showing what is said to be obvious signs of impairment by alcohol.

The 39-year-old suspect was arrested then turned over to OPP officers from the Point Edward detachment. Tests indicated that the accused, who is from Lenox, Michigan, was over the legal limit. She faces charges of impaired driving and being over the legal limit.

Unable to post a cash bond, the accused remains in custody awaiting a bail hearing.


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