Ridgeway man charged with impaired driving after colliding with police cruiser

Niagara Regional Police have charged a 53-year-old Ridgeway man with impaired driving following a collision with a police cruiser on Wednesday, May 8, 2024.

Shortly after 9 p.m., police received reports of a possible impaired driver in the vicinity of Dominion Road and Gorham Road. Witnesses reported seeing a man leave a business, get into a vehicle with a flat tire and dragging exhaust, and drive away.

Officers located the suspect vehicle near Bernard Avenue and Dominion Road. Concerned for public safety, police activated their emergency lights and sirens and positioned cruisers in front of and behind the suspect vehicle.

The suspect vehicle continued moving forward, eventually colliding with a police cruiser before veering off the road and into a ditch.

There were no injuries sustained in the collision. However, police determined that the driver’s ability to operate a motor vehicle was impaired by alcohol.

The driver has been charged with two criminal offences: impaired operation of a conveyance and impaired operation of a conveyance exceeding the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit. He has been additionally charged with six provincial offences and received a 90-day license suspension.

The suspect has been released from custody with a future court date.

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