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Suspended Drunk Driver Caught Going 145 in an 80

(GODERICH, ON) – Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has charged a London, Ontario resident with several criminal offences following a traffic investigation on July 28th, 2023. 

On July 28th at 10:50 a.m. Huron County OPP officers were patrolling on Bluewater Highway, just South of Goderich when they observed a pickup truck travelling northbound at a high rate of speed. A radar unit was utilized, and the vehicle was locked at 145 km/hr in the posted 80 km/hr zone. As police turned around to conduct a traffic stop, the suspect vehicle was observed pulling into a business parking lot on Huckins Street. The driver exited the truck and entered the store. Police located the suspect driver inside the store and escorted him outside where they were arrested. The driver resisted arrest and was eventually secured in the police vehicle. In speaking to the driver, the investigating officer determined that the driver had consumed alcohol prior to driving. The driver provided a roadside breath sample, which resulted in a failure.

The accused was transported to the Huron OPP detachment in Clinton to provide breath tests before a qualified Intoxilyzer Technician. During transport, the accused damaged police equipment. Once at the detachment, the accused threatened officers. Suitable breath samples were eventually provided to police which resulted in readings over the legal limit.

Dakotah LEWIS, 25 years of age from London has been charged with:

–      Operation while Impaired – Over 80,

–      Uttering Threats – Cause Death or Bodily Harm,

–      Resist Peace Officer,

–      Mischief.

The accused was additionally charged under the Highway Traffic Act for:

–      Stunt Driving,

–      Driving while Under Suspension.

The involved vehicle was towed and impounded for 14 days, and the accused’ driver’s license was suspended for a period of 90 days.

The accused was held for a bail hearing, and later released from custody with a court appearance scheduled for September 11th, 2023, at the Ontario Court of Justice – Goderich. 

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