Man charged with impaired after driving his van off a 60 foot cliff in Essex

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(ESSEX, ON) – On July 20, 2017 at approximately 9:30 p.m. Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a single motor vehicle collision at the end of Baldwin Road, south of County Road 50, in the Town of Essex. Police were advised that a GMC Savannah van had driven off of the cliff at that location and landed in the water on Lake Erie. A female party had entered the water in an attempt to check on the well-being of the male driver.

Police attended the scene and manoeuvred their way down the 60-foot cliff. Once on the beach area, police entered the water and made their way to the vehicle and driver. The water was chest deep and rising when the police reached the driver. Police had to provide medical care to the driver until EMS and Essex Fire arrived. Police assisted in the removal of the driver from the vehicle. The driver sustained non-life threatening injuries.

In speaking with the involved driver of the vehicle, the man exhibited signs of impairment and was arrested by police before being transported to hospital

The driver of the vehicle is charged with:

  • Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle
  • Refuse To Provide Breath Sample

The man’s drivers’ licence has been suspended and his vehicle will be impounded as per the regulations of the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario.

“The immediate response by three Essex County OPP members to enter into Lake Erie to rescue this individual is significant and speaks to their professionalism. The actions by a driver in not obeying our drinking and driving laws is not only disappointing but once again placed the public and our OPP members in a dangerous situation.”

Glenn Miller

Detachment Commander

Essex County OPP