A Markham man is facing impaired and distracted driving charges after police allege they found him slumped over the wheel with both hands on his phone while his car was running in traffic.
York Regional Police said they found the unnamed 25-year-old stopped on the Hwy. 404 off-ramp at Steeles Ave. after 4:30 a.m. on Sunday.
Officers attempted to wake the driver, boxing the vehicle in with their cruisers. Police said the vehicle ended up rolling into one of the cruisers after the driver removed his foot from the brake.
The Markham man was one of 14 drivers charged with impaired-driving related offences over the weekend in York region. Among those people, three were charged in connection with motor-vehicle collisions.
Const. Andy Pattenden is reminding the public to call 911 to report suspected drunk drivers, especially in light of Halloween and trick-or-treating children on the roads.
“Let’s really hope that people aren’t drinking and driving tonight. With kids on the road, (it) could lead to a very dangerous situation,” he said.