In what a police officer calls a “new one” in a published dashcam video, a man and a woman have both been charged with impaired driving after each was sitting in the driver’s seat of a car that veered off the road, knocking over a pole and hitting a retaining wall in Vaughan.
York Regional Police officers say they found a man and a woman standing beside a blue Honda Civic with damage to the front end when they arrived on the scene on Wednesday, Sept. 4 just after 7 a.m. near the intersection of Regency Gate and Franklin Avenue.
Police report finding two open cans of beer on the road behind the car and saw a trail of debris leading to a pole that had been knocked down. Officers could smell alcohol on both occupants of the car and arrested them on suspicion of impaired driving. Both occupants failed breath tests when taken to a nearby police station.
In the video released by police (https://youtu.be/q1qIewgxT2s), the male suspect told officers that he and the woman had an argument about whether they should drive or order an Uber to get to their destination. While he was in the driver’s seat, the woman jumped into his lap from the passenger’s side and drove off, the man explained.
In addition to impaired driving charges, a 31-year-old Markham man and a 26-year-old Newmarket woman have each been charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.