The Peterborough Police Service has arrested and charged a 56-year-old man with operating a power-assisted bicycle while impaired and over the legal limit of alcohol.

On September 7, 2017 at approximately 11:15 a.m. an officer on patrol saw a male with a child seated between his legs operating a power-assisted bicycle east on Charlotte Street.

The officer conducted a traffic stop to determine the age of the child as children under 16 years of age are not permitted to ride on, drive or operate a motor assisted bicycle or power-assisted bicycle on a highway.

While speaking with the male driver the officer noted an odour of an alcoholic beverage coming from the driver’s breath. A subsequent breath sample revealed the driver had almost twice the legal limit of alcohol in his system. Through the investigation, it was also revealed the male is a prohibited driver.

As a result of the investigation Donald Albert Marshall, 56, of Stewart Street, was arrested and charged with impaired driving and operating a motor vehicle with more than 80mg blood alcohol content. The driver was also charged under section 38 (2) of the Highway Traffic Act with operating a power-assisted bicycle with a child passenger under 16 years of age.

The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court on October 5, 2017.