Driver with 7 kids charged with drug, alcohol impairment

HUNTSVILLE – An Alberta man driving a van — with his spouse and seven young children inside — has been charged with driving while being impaired by drugs and alcohol.

Peace River man faces numerous drug, alcohol charges after RIDE stop April 12.

And of not having one of his children safely secured in a seat.

Provincial police say that on Thursday April 12, 2018, OPP officers were conducting R.I.D.E. on Highway #60 at Grandview Drive in Huntsville, On.

They stopped a white van, and the initial investigation led to the seizure of a bag of marijuana.

And it was also determined that the driver appeared to have been drinking, police allege.

As a result of the entire investigation a 36-year-old male from Peace River was arrested and charged with several offences including:

  • Drive While Ability Impaired under the Criminal Code of Canada
  • Drive while having more than 80 mgs of alcohol per 100 mltrs of blood – C.C.
  • Possession of a Schedule II drug (marihuana) under 30gms. under the Controlled Drug Substances Act.
  • Driving a Motor vehicle with Liquor Readily Available under the Liquor Licence Act
  • Drive While Suspended x 3 under the Highway Traffic Act.
  • Drive While Child Passenger not Properly Secured x7- H.T.A.

The accused was driving with his family, including his spouse and 7 children who were between the ages of 11 months old and eight years old.

His licence has been suspended for a period of 90 days and his vehicle impounded for 7 days.

He is to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Huntsville on May 16, 2018 to answer to his charges.