Suspected impaired driver in York Region claims he had COVID-19 symptoms, police say

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York Regional Police say a man who claimed to be experiencing COVID-19 symptoms is being investigated for impaired driving.

Sgt. Andy Pattenden told Global News in a statement that officers were called by a resident just after 5 p.m. on Friday.

He said the resident reported that they believed the driver was impaired and ended up following the accused to a parking lot near Weston and Langstaff roads in Vaughan.

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“(The) male started complaining that he had symptoms of COVID-19,” Pattenden said.

“He was transported to Mackenzie Health where he refused to provide a breath sample.”

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Pattenden said the investigation is ongoing. As of Friday night, it wasn’t clear if the accused was indeed tested for COVID-19.

As of Friday morning, there were 79 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario.

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