November 26, 2018 3:12 pm
Updated: November 28, 2018 6:13 pm

Man charged with drunk driving during Santa Claus parade in Sydenham: OPP


Correction: The OPP originally released the name of the accused as John Peter Trousdale. In fact, his name is Peter John Trousdale. Police also said the parade began at 9 a.m. but it actually began at 10 a.m. The story has been changed to reflect that.

Clarification: An earlier version of the video connected with this story displayed images of Trousdale’s Home Hardware, Trousdale’s Foodland and Trousdale’s General Store. These businesses are in no way connected to the case, or the accused, and have been removed.

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A Sydenham man was pulled out of the village’s Santa Claus parade for allegedly driving while impaired by alcohol.

The parade began at 10 a.m. and was meant to finish by 11 a.m. on Nov. 24. According to police, someone at the event spoke with the driver before the parade and became concerned when they smelled alcohol. The person then told police at 10:21 a.m. that the driver may be drunk.

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Just after 10:30 a.m., police pulled over the driver of an older model Jeep at the intersection of George and Wheatley Street.

Police say Peter John Trousdale, 37, was arrested during the parade. Global Kingston has also learned from the OPP that Trousdale was allegedly driving with a child under 12 years old during the parade. Sources tell Global News it was his son.

Trousdale was charged with having more than 80 milligrams of alcohol in his blood while operating a motor vehicle.

On Tuesday, Global News spoke to more than 20 Sydenham residents who all refused to comment because they claimed to be family friends with the Trousdales.

He was released on a promise to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Kingston on Dec. 13.

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