Suspended Driver With Cocaine Facing Drunk Driving Charge - PHOUTTHARATH

Source: Area OPP
Date: Thu Jan 23 03:14:12 MST 2020

(SOUTH HURON, ON) - A recent traffic stop just south of Exeter has led to several charges against a London resident.

On January 11, 2020 at approximately 11:38 p.m. a Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer observed a car travelling southbound on London Road with a licence plate that was unauthorized for the vehicle in question. As such a traffic stop was initiated and the driver pulled over just south of Exeter at Kirkton Road.

While speaking with the driver the investigating officer noted the driver had consumed some alcohol and was displaying several signs of impairment. As a result the driver was subsequently arrested for Impaired Operation. Upon arrest the accused was searched and a quantity of suspected cocaine was found on the driver and in the vehicle. In addition, a can of open beer was found inside the vehicle.

Upon trying to confirm the identity of the driver the accused tried to obstruct the officer by using a driver's licence that was not issued to him. Further checks also revealed the driver was driving with a suspended driver's licence.

The driver was transported to the Exeter OPP Detachment for breath tests. Both of his samples provided to the Intoxilizer Technician were found to be over the legal limit.

Thammasak PHOUTTHARATH, 36 years of age from London has been charged with the following offences:
Operation While Impaired
Operation While Impaired - Blood Alcohol Concentration (80 Plus)
Use Plate Not Authorized
Personation With Intent to Avoid Arrest, Prosecution or Obstruct Justice
Fail to Have Insurance Card
Driving Motor Vehicle with Liquor Readily Available
Possession of Schedule I Substance - Cocaine
Driving While Under Suspension (Two Counts)
The accused has been released from custody with a court appearance scheduled for February 20, 2020 at the Ontario Court of Justice - Exeter. His motor vehicle was impounded and his licence has been suspended for an automatic 90 days.

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