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Driver found asleep behind wheel, charged with impaired

LISTOWEL – A scary situation resulted in charges for two people, but fortunately no one was injured when a driver was found to be impaired by drugs, asleep behind the wheel of a car.

On Sept. 5 around 1 a.m., a Perth County OPP officer saw a vehicle stopped in the eastbound lane on Main Street East in Listowel. The officer approached the vehicle and found the driver passed out behind the wheel with the engine running and the vehicle in drive.

According to a press release, the officer woke the driver. While speaking with the driver, the officer believed him to be impaired. Police also say there was cocaine and drug paraphernalia in plain view.

The driver arrested for impaired operation and was transported to a local OPP detachment for further examination. A drug recognition expert conducted a series of tests and the driver was deemed to be impaired by a drug.

The accused, Tyler James Hoban, 34, of Kitchener, was charged with possession of Schedule I substance – cocaine and operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs.

His licence was suspended for 90 days and his vehicle impounded for seven days as per statute.

Police also arrested the passenger of the vehicle, who was allegedly in possession of purple fentanyl and drug paraphernalia. The passenger, Amanda Weaver, 38, of Kitchener, was charged with possession of Schedule I substance – cocaine and possession of Schedule I substance – other drugs.

Hoban and Weaver were released from custody and are scheduled to appear in Stratford court at a later date to answer to the charges.