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News Release: October 19, 2017

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Prepared by: Corporate Communications
Posted: October 19, 2017
Occurrence Type: Delivery Driver Impaired by Drug
Occurrence #: BA17052125
Date: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 3:55pm

Barrie Police received a call from a concerned employee at a local restaurant after a delivery driver raised some concerns in regards to her ability to drive.

On Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 at 3:55pm police received a call for a contract delivery driver who had just picked up a delivery at a restaurant on Bayfield Street, in the City of Barrie.  The employees at the restaurant were concerned about the drivers state and contacted the Barrie Police Service, however the driver had left the parking lot prior to police arrival.  The area where the delivery was made was checked but the vehicle was not located.  

At 4:35pm police received a second call from the restaurant stating the female had returned for another delivery and this time they were stalling her until police arrived.  Once on scene it was also evident to police the female was impaired beyond the ability to operate a motor vehicle.  It was determined the female had not consumed alcohol however it is believed she had taken various prescription medication.  She was taken to the Barrie Police Service for further testing through the Drug Recognition Evaluation and transported to Royal Victoria Regional Health Center where a blood sample was provided for processing. 

The 44-year-old Barrie female was charged with Care and Control while Impaired by Drug.  She will attend a Barrie court in November to answer to her charge.

Barrie Police Service would like to remind the public prescription drugs, when used properly or when abused, can also impair driving. Legal drugs, such as opioid pain relievers and benzodiazepines (prescribed for anxiety or sleep disorders) can affect a person's ability to safely control a moving vehicle. Take the time to speak to your doctor or pharmacist about the affects of each prescribed drug as well as the affects when combining medication. (Government of Canada)

Although the ways in which drugs affect the body and brain vary, the effects will have the same overall result: a decrease in the brain’s ability to process information and respond by movement, skills relevant for driving.