VIDEO: Markham impaired driving suspect explains to police how Newmarket woman, also suspected, got on his lap – yorkregion.com

VIDEO: Markham impaired driving suspect explains to police how Newmarket woman, also suspected, got on his lap - yorkregion.com
Man, woman charged with impaired driving were both in drivers seat during Vaughan crash: police
A crash in Vaughan earlier this week where York Regional Police arrested two people in the same car for impaired driving already sounded weird.

On Sept. 4, just after 7 a.m. a blue Honda Civic knocked over a pole and hit a retaining wall at Regency Gate and Franklin Avenue southeast of Centre Street and Atkinson Avenue in Thornhill, Const. Andy Pattenden said.

The pair was allegedly seated in the drivers seat together, operating a Honda Civic before it collided with a pole near the intersection of Regency Gate and Franklin Avenue in Vaughan, Ont., police said.  

At the time, Pattenden didn’t have further information available but, based on similar incidents in the past, he speculated that one suspect was driving at the time of the collision and then the passenger got behind the wheel to try to move the car following the crash.

York Regional Police charged a 31-year-old man from Markham, Ont., and a 26-year-old woman from Newmarket, Ont., with impaired and dangerous-driving charges following the crash on Wednesday.

When officers arrived on the scene after witnesses called 911 to report the collision, they found a man and woman standing beside the damaged car on Franklin Avenue, Pattenden said.

Ontario police say they busted two impaired people who were both sitting in the drivers seat, operating a car just before the vehicle veered off the road and collided with a pole.

Officers also saw two open cans of beer on the road behind the vehicle and a trail of debris leading to a pole that had been knocked down, Pattenden said

In a dash camera video posted by York Regional Police, the officer is seen questioning the man about how the events transpired.  

While speaking with the drivers, officers could smell alcohol coming from them and they were arrested for impaired driving, Pattenden said.

The pair was having an argument before she jumped over into the drivers seat, the man tells the officer in the video. 

A 31-year-old Markham man and a 26-year-old Newmarket woman have each been charged with impaired operation of a vehicle, over 80 and dangerous operation of a vehicle, Pattenden said.

The woman and man were arrested and taken to a nearby police station where they both allegedly failed breathalyzer tests.

Police say a man and woman charged with impaired driving were both sitting in the drivers seat when they crashed their car in Vaughan on Sept. 4, 2019.

Dash cam video posted by York Regional Police shows the officer searching the womans purse. (York Regional Police)

Police say a man and woman charged with impaired driving following a single-vehicle crash in Vaughan earlier this week were both sitting in the drivers seat when the vehicle veered off of the road and struck a pole.

Police say a blue Honda Civic left the roadway near the intersection, collided with a pole, and then continued down the road.

Police in Vaughn say a man and a woman charged with impaired driving were both in the driver's seat of a blue Honda Civic and both were driving when it left the roadway and crashed into a pole. 

According to police, officers arrived on scene to find a male and female standing beside the vehicle, which had damage to its front end.

A 31-year-old man from Markham and a woman, 26, from Newmarket, face charges of impaired operation of a motorvehicle, having a blood/alcohol concentration 'over 80' and dangerous driving.

Police allege that the officers saw two open cans of beer on the road behind the vehicle along with a trail of debris leading to the pole that had been knocked over.

York Regional Police say that following the collision the car had been driven further down the road. 

Officers learned that both the male and the female had been seated in the drivers seat and were both operating the vehicle when it left the roadway, a news release issued by York Regional Police on Friday read.

Police also say that officers could smell alcohol coming from both occupants of the car, who were subsequently arrested on suspicion of impaired driving.

Investigators allege that they both failed breath tests when they were taken to a nearby police station.

In dash camera video released by police, officers are heard questioning the male suspect about what transpired.

In the video, the man is heard telling one officer that he and the female had an argument about whether they should drive or order an Uber to get them to their destination.

He said while he was in the drivers seat, the female jumped into the drivers seat from the passengers side and insisted that they go.

The 31-year-old man and the 26-year-old woman have each been charged with impaired operation and dangerous operation of a motor-vehicle.