Barrie police praise the action of motorist who stopped suspected impaired driver

Police allege the driver's alcohol content was three times over the legal limit

Kudos have come from Barrie police to a motorist who tailed a suspected impaired driver into the city from Springwater Township and was able to stop the driver and remove the keys from the ignition before officers arrived at the scene.

Police say they were contacted around 6 p.m. on Sunday about a possible impaired driver on Dunlop Street. They say a concerned citizen and passenger followed the vehicle into Barrie from Springwater.

According to police, the citizen was able to safely get the car stopped and removed the keys from the ignition while officers responded. A 21-year-old woman from Woodbridge was arrested for impaired driving.

She was transported to the police station where police say a breathalyzer technician assisted with obtaining breath samples from the driver. Police allege the woman’s alcohol content was three times over the legal limit. She was charged with impaired driving and released from custody.

The vehicle has been impounded for seven days and her licence has been suspended for three months.

“Barrie Police wish to thank the concerned citizens who acted in a manner that no doubt prevented a serious motor vehicle collision from taking place. It is actions such as these that involve impaired drivers that police feel are worth acknowledging as they contribute significantly to making our roads safer for everyone who uses them,” police said in a news release on Monday.