Driver makes false claim about having COVID-19 in an attempt to avoid traffic ticket

On Nov. 17 an officer with the Lennox and Addington County OPP observed a vehicle travelling on Hwy 401 westbound, near Shannonville Road, with an out of province plate that was not authorized to be on the vehicle. Police initiated a traffic stop and the driver claimed to have COVID-19.  Hastings-Quinte Paramedics EMS attended the scene and public health was notified.

After over an hour at the scene, the investigation revealed that the G1 driver falsely stated he had COVID-19 in an attempt to avoid a ticket.

A 22 year old male form Ohsweken, Ontario has been charged under the Highway Traffic Act with:

  • G1 Licence holder -drive on prohibited highway
  • G1 Licence holder – unaccompanied by qualified driver
  • Operate unsafe vehicle
  • Use plates not authorized for vehicle

While earlier charged with obstruction under the Quarantine Act, the charge has now been downgraded to a warning.

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