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Tay driver charged after falling asleep at the wheel, police say

Police say they located heroin on the driver
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TAY TOWNSHIP - Uniform officers from the Southern Georgian Bay detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded at 10:25 p.m. January 24, 2021 to a report from a citizen of a vehicle atop a snow bank on Pine Street, Waubaushene with driver appearing to be asleep.

Responding officers spoke with the lone driver and entered into an impaired by drug investigation. Officers also located a quantity of a substance believed to be heroin from the vehicle and continued the investigation concluding with the following charges.

Nicholas Hammond, 30 years, of Tay Township has been charged with the following offences,

  • Operation while impaired - alcohol and drugs
  • Dangerous operation

contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada

  • Possession of a Schedule I Substance - Heroin

contrary to the Controlled Drug and Substances Act

  • G1 driver not accompanied by a qualified driver

contrary to the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario

The accused was released from police custody on a undertaking to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Midland on February 11, 2021. The involved vehicle was towed and impounded for 7 days and the accused's driver's licence has been further suspended for 90 days under the conditions of the Administrative Drivers Licence Suspension (ADLS) .

Police remind motorists that an essential part of the enforcement job is to save lives and reduce injuries on our trails, roadways and waterways. Educating the public about safe driving practices with our community safety partners is a priority, if you see a possible impaired driver or operator please "Make the Call" and dial 911 and help prevent a crash.