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Call from a concerned driver leads to impaired charge

Police say they found the 52-year-old sleeping behind the wheel in a parking lot as result of a call
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TINY TWP – On Dec.17, 2020 at 10:30 a.m., a member of the public was following a motorist who left the roadway and struck a signpost on Champlain Road in Tiny Township. The vehicle continued for some time in an erratic manner, eventually stopping at a parking lot where the driver appeared to be sleeping. A call was made to police and members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Southern Georgian Bay detachment arrived a short time later. Officers spoke with the driver and noticed signs of impairment therefore a roadside sobriety test was administered. As a result of the test the driver was placed under arrest and was transported to the detachment to be evaluated by a Drug Recognition Expert. 

As a result of the investigation, John McTague, 52 years, of Tiny Township was charged with the following offence contrary to the Criminal Code:

  • Operation while impaired - alcohol or drug

The driver's licence of the accused has been suspended for 90 days and the vehicle was towed to be impounded for seven days. The accused was released from police custody to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Midland in January 2021.

The OPP appreciates calls from the public to alert them of possible impaired drivers. If you have information about suspected unlawful activity, please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. To report a crime anonymously, visit Crime Stoppers at: or call 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).