Accused impaired driver refuses to leave police station, then South Stormont Community Centre

Above, South Stormont Community Hall. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

LONG SAULT — An accused impaired driver from Quebec hit the accelerator on his legal woes after he was booked by the SD&G OPP in Long Sault.

Twenty-three-year-old Mohamad A Aouati was arrested at the scene of a single-vehicle collision on Highway 401 in South Dundas, shortly before 6:40 a.m. on Nov. 2, according to the detachment.

The Montreal man was charged with driving while impaired as well as refusal to comply with demand; that last count related to his refusal to complete roadside testing requested by the involved officers.

After those charges were laid over at detachment headquarters, Aouati was released from custody with a Nov. 19 date to appear in Morrisburg court.

Except the accused refused to leave the premises, according to the detachment, which reports that Aouati then entered the neighbouring South Stormont Community Hall where a private event was in progress. When he failed to heed the request of officers to vacate that location, they took him back into custody. In connection with this escalation, Aouati faces charges of causing a disturbance; resist peace officer; assault peace officer; and fail to leave premises when directed under the Trespass to Property Act. He was also held for a scheduled bail hearing in Cornwall.

In Ontario, accused impaired drivers immediately lose both their wheels (seven days) and driver’s permit (90 days), as preliminary measures; so they’re on foot after being booked on the charges. Additional heavy penalties are levied by the courts if found guilty.




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