July 28, 2014 3:11 pm

Man charged with impaired driving while daughter, 2, in passenger seat


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OSHAWA, Ont. – An Oshawa man is facing multiple charges after police say a motorist drove impaired with his two-year-old daughter sitting in the front seat.

Durham Region police say officers got a call about an impaired driver Friday (at Ritson Road South and Dean Avenue) in the city east of Toronto but when they spotted the vehicle, the driver sped away.

It’s alleged that when the driver stopped at a nearby residence, he refused to get out of the vehicle for officers and resisted arrest.

After a brief struggle, police say the man was taken to a nearby station for breath tests.

It’s alleged that the child – who was not injured – was found in the front seat of the vehicle wearing only an adult seatbelt harness.

A 49-year-old man faces six charges, including impaired driving, flight from police and failure to ensure toddler is secured.

His name is being withheld to protect the identity of the child.

Police say the accused’s vehicle has been impounded for seven days and he has been released from custody on a promise to appear at a later date.

© 2014 The Canadian Press

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