MUSKOKA — A couple of local drivers received medical attention after being impaired in separate weekend incidents, one involving a head-on collision while driving the wrong way on Hwy. 11 in Gavenhurst.
Provincial police said today they are disappointed that their Festive RIDE campaign, which began last Thursday, has netted two impaired drivers over the course of the weekend.
They say that on Saturday, Nov. 28 at 11:15 p.m., police responded to a head-on collision on Hwy. 11 north near Beaver Ridge Road, after a driver entered the highway and began travelling south in the northbound lanes.
Fortunately, the victim was able to take some evasive action and escaped with non-life-threatening injuries after colliding with a truck.
Police arrested and charged 49-year-old Tom Chacalos, of Bracebridge, with Impaired Operation CC 320.14(1)(b) and Operation Causing Bodily Harm CC 320.14(2).
He and the other driver were taken to hospital and later released.
Chacalos is to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice on January 5, 2020.
The following day, Sunday Nov. 29, just before 7 p.m. police were called to a commercial area on Taylor Road in Bracebridge, where a man was being tended to by paramedics due to concerns over his condition.
Police commenced an investigation and have charged Shane Hall, 34, of Algonquin Highlands with Impaired Operation CC 320.14(1)(a) and Resist Peace Officer CC 129(a).
Hall is to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice on December 29, 2020.