A 54-year-old local man, who is a four-time disqualified driver due to past impaired convictions, was found operating an e-bike while over the legal limit of alcohol by a Kingston Police uniform patrol officer.
At approximately 10:00 a.m. on September 1 the patrol officer observed the man driving east on Weller Avenue on a power-assisted bicycle (e-bike) that appeared to be modified to travel faster than its maximum allowable speed of 32 km/h. The man was stopped on Compton Street and identified. When his name was run on CPIC (Canadian Police Information Centre) it was discovered he was a four-time criminally disqualified driver due to impaired driving and Over 80 convictions between 2001 and 2005.
While an e-bike is considered to be only a bicycle under the Highway Traffic Act is defined as a motor vehicle under the Criminal Code of Canada, meaning the man is prohibited from even riding a power-assisted bicycle when disqualified. While speaking to the man the officer determined he had been consuming alcohol and a roadside breath test resulted in a fail. The man was arrested for driving while over the legal limit and a full breath test by a qualified technician at police headquarters indicated he was approximately one-and-a-half times over the limit.
The man is facing charges of driving while over the legal limit of alcohol, breach of probation and four counts of driving while disqualified. He is also facing Highway Traffic Act charges. Due to the repetitious nature of his offences he was held to attend a later bail hearing.