Within 48 hours of MADD London’s launch of the Red Ribbon campaign, London Police made seven impaired driving arrests. Of those arrests, two involved collisions with parked vehicles, one involved two pedestrians being struck, another saw a driver asleep behind the wheel of a running vehicle, and two were the result of a RIDE program.
The Red Ribbon campaign launched on Friday, November 6th to coincide with the holiday season and remind people to drive sober.
At around 10 p.m. Friday evening, an impaired driver reportedly struck a parked car, sending it through a fence and causing extensive damage to both vehicles. As a result, 23-year-old Justin Meikle was charged.
The weekend began with officers receiving a call about a possible impaired driver early Saturday morning. When officers arrived to the area of White Oak Road at Southdale Road, they found two citizens blocked the vehicle in, shut off the car, and took the keys; 43-year-old Todd Anthony was arrested and charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle and refusing to provide a breath sample.
At 5:45 p.m. on Saturday, 30-year-old Robert Sharpe was arrested after a vehicle collided with two parked cars at two separate locations before the driver exited the vehicle.
Just over an hour later, 42-year-old Christine Ricker was arrested and charged after two pedestrians were struck when a driver was trying to navigate a turn. The two pedestrians suffered minor injuries.
Two more arrests came during a RIDE program on Saturday. One driver admitted to having consumed alcohol and failed a roadside breath test. As a result, 27-year-old Christopher Yearwood was charged with operation of a motor vehicle with more than 80 mgs of alcohol in 100 mL of blood.
Another driver tried to evade the RIDE program by stopping, quickly doing a U-turn which almost caused a collision, and then tried to run from police after being pulled over. The officer arrested the male and found that he was on court-ordered conditions not to drive and was also believed to be impaired. As a result, 21-year-old Dylan O’Brien was charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, operate a motor vehicle with over 80 mg of alcohol in 100mL of blood, failing to comply with undertaking, and young driver B.A.C. above zero.
On Sunday morning, at around 3:30 a.m., police were called after citizens noticed a man sleeping behind the wheel with the ignition in gear. Police arrived on scene and found the vehicle on and in gear with the driver’s foot on the brake. As a result, 51-year-old Jamieson Gamble was arrested and charged.