Suspected drunk driver arrested after going wrong way on Highway 401

Crash on Highway 401. Photo released by OPP.

A 73-year-old Kingville man is facing a drunk driving charge after allegedly travelling the wrong way on Highway 401 and striking a vehicle head on.

The Ontario Provincial Police in Tecumseh responded to several calls on November 26th at approximately 11:30 p.m. regarding a vehicle travelling eastbound in the westbound lanes of Highway 401 near St. Clair College.

Police say a Chevrolet driven by a 73-year-old man travelled the wrong way on Highway 401 and struck a Suzuki head on.

The driver of the Suzuki suffered minor injuries and was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

The driver of the Chevrolet was not injured but exhibited signs of impairment and was arrested at the scene.

Both vehicles sustained major damage.

OPP say Antonio Braga  was charged with Impaired Driving and Exceed 80 Milligrams Blood Alcohol Content. He will appear in a Windsor court on December 11th to answer to the charges.

“The decision by drivers to continue to drive while impaired on our roadways has a lifelong impact. This driving behaviour has always been unacceptable and for those who think they won’t get caught, think again. The eyes of all drivers are on you and we continue to encourage the public to contact the OPP immediately of suspected impaired or distracted driving.” We are now entering the holiday season and while you may not see us, we will see you,” says Essex County OPP Detachment Commander Glenn Miller.

Anyone with information regarding this or any other incident is asked to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous online message at where you are eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

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