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Essex County OPP say a call from a concerned citizen alerted them to an impaired driver with a small child in the vehicle in Leamington.

The Leamington detachment of the OPP arrested and charged a driver with numerous offences, including impaired driving, as a result of the traffic complaint.

On Wednesday around 4:35 p.m., officers received a call to the area of Deer Run Road after a vehicle was stopped near a live lane of traffic and the driver was unresponsive.

Police say they initiated an impaired driving investigation and saw drug paraphernalia during the interaction.

Essex-Windsor EMS attended to check the wellbeing of all occupants of the vehicle, including a small child. The Children's Aid Society was called to ensure the safety of the child.

A Drug Recognition Expert assisted with the investigation and as a result the driver is charged with:

  • Operation while impaired - alcohol and drugs - Criminal Code of Canada (C.C.)
  • Possession of a schedule 1 substance - other drugs - Controlled Drugs and Substances Act - (CDSA) (two counts)
  • Fail to provide necessaries of life - C.C.

The name of the accused is being withheld to protect the identity of the child.

The accused will appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Leamington at a later date.

If you have information about this incident or any other call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

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