Car strikes light post, Barrie man faces impaired and weapon charges

A butterfly knife was located in the man's pant pocket

A Barrie man is up on impaired and weapon charges after police were made aware Friday morning of car that hit a light post in downtown Barrie.

At 1:24 a.m., officers were notified about the single-vehicle crash in the area of Mulcaster and Simcoe Streets.

The suspect vehicle was located in a parking lot on Lakeshore Mews and the driver, who was the lone occupant in the car, showed signs of impairment, according to police.

“He was arrested for impaired operation and just prior to being placed into the rear seat compartment of a cruiser, a butterfly knife, which is a prohibited weapon, was located in a rear pant pocket,” police wrote in a release.

The 25-year-old was transported to Barrie Police Headquarters where a breathalyzer technician confirmed that he was impaired by alcohol.

The accused was charged with impaired operation, impaired operation over .80mgs and unauthorized possession of a weapon.

He was later released from custody and is scheduled to appear in Barrie court on May 24.

His vehicle, which police say sustained significant front-end damage to the right front corner and quarter panel, was impounded for seven days, and his driver’s licence suspended for 90-days.

Banner image via the Barrie Police Service