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Driver arrested for impaired after switching seats

Passenger who switched into driver's seat was also issued licence suspension
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File photo supplied by the Ontario Provincial Police
On July 18, 2020, at 7:53 p.m., a member of the Huronia West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was on general patrol on Flos Road 11 West, Springwater Township. The officer was travelling eastbound behind a pickup truck, and watched as the truck pulled over onto the shoulder. The officer saw the driver walk with poor balance around the front of the truck as he switched seats with the front passenger.

The officer stopped with the vehicle and could smell a strong odour of alcohol coming from the interior and noticed an alcoholic beverage in the passenger side door. The officer began an impaired driving investigation and the driver was demanded to submit a roadside breath sample.

As a result of the investigation, Vladyslav Kosenko, 26 years of age, of Toronto, Ontario, was arrested and charged with operation while impaired - blood alcohol concentration (80 plus), contrary to Section 320.14(1)(b) of the Criminal Code.

The accused is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Collingwood on September 29, 2020.  

The passenger who switched seats and was the new operator was also demanded to submit a breath sample and registered an "ALERT", resulting in a three-day licence suspension. 

The OPP reminds motorists to plan ahead when consuming alcohol. Use a designated driver, cab, public transit, or stay overnight. Any amount of alcohol or drugs can impact your ability to make sound judgements.