Sunday, September 24th, 2023

Summary of Police Allegations

On February 3rd, 2009, Ottawa police officers attended to a scene at the junction of Hwy. 417 and Innes Rd. with information that a vehicle had collided with a street light.

Upon arriving at the scene, they observed a red Saturn parked on the median between Innes and the eastbound on-ramp of Hwy. 417. At the scene, they saw paramedics attending to a male in an ambulance, Peter, and spoke with a witness who said that he had seen the Saturn drive through a green light, heading east, before traveling on to the median and hitting the street light. The witness told police that he parked his car near to the Saturn after it had hit the street light, and that he had watched Peter exit his Saturn and stumble away. The witness followed Peter on foot and watched him climb over a snow bank and fall down.

Paramedics arrived on the scene as the witness was following Peter, and they convinced Peter to come to the ambulance to be assessed for injury.  According to the paramedics, Peter agreed and stated that he was drunk, that he drank too much, and that he made a mistake. In the ambulance, he later said that he had consumed six beers at a bar earlier in the night.

When the police officers at the scene spoke with Peter and observed an odour of alcohol, they asked him if he was the driver of the Saturn, to which he responded in the affirmative. When the officers asked him if he had been drinking, he responded “I’m drunk”.  At 21:30, police issued an ALCOTEST breath demand to which Peter replied “I don’t need to take the test, I know I am drunk”. He registered an “F”, or fail, on the screening device and at 01:33 on February 4, 2010 he was arrested for Over 80. Later in the night, he provided two samples of his breath which read 259 mgs and 248 mgs in 100 ml of blood respectively.  He was placed in a cell and served with a copy of all documents including ADLS suspension. He was later released with a promise to appear.