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Peterborough man spits in cruiser following arrest for assault, impaired driving in downtown: police

A Peterborough man is accused of assaulting an individual and impaired driving in the downtown area. The Canadian Press file

A Peterborough man is facing a number of charges, including impaired driving and assault, following an incident in the downtown on Monday evening.

Around 7 p.m., Peterborough Police Service officers responded to a report of a suspected impaired driver in the area of Charlotte and Aylmer streets. The complainant also alleged they were assaulted by the driver.

The suspect was soon located in a nearby parking lot and was determined to be under the influence of alcohol, police allege.

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Jason Twa, 46, of Peterborough was arrested and charged with assault, impaired driving (alcohol), operation of a motor vehicle while prohibited, failure or refusal to comply with a demand, and failure to comply with an undertaking and a release order to not occupy a driver’s seat of a motor vehicle or possess keys to start a vehicle.

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It’s alleged during his arrest the man began “continuously” spitting in a police cruiser, police stated. He was additionally charged with mischief under $5,000.

The vehicle he was driving was impounded for 45 days.

Twa was held in custody and is scheduled to appear in court in Peterborough on Wednesday.

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