For Ontario police, it was one of the strangest impaired driving arrests they’ve ever made. Donald Drummer of Essex, Ontario was pulled over on the side of the road, waiting for police to arrest him, and the reason they knew he was there was because he called them himself.
Drummer has a long history of drinking and driving, and although he was impaired, he had an appointment that morning that he didn’t want to miss. He was making his way down Highway 3 in Ontario that morning when he decided he’d had enough and pulled over on the side of the road. After he explained to the operator on the phone that he was too drunk to drive his vehicle, the police arrived and found him in possession of an open container of alcohol and a staggering blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .290.
Now, months later, Drummer says that phone call changed his life. Because he has battled alcoholism most of his life and has previous impaired driving convictions in 1985 and 1994, he says that phone call was a turning point for him. Now that he’s hit rock bottom, he can accept his penalties and move on.
For Mr.Drummer, the penalties will be harsh. He’s received a $1,400 fine, a one-year driving ban, and 12 months of probation. Although the original article didn’t mention extra penalties, Ontario impaired driving laws require anyone charged over .08 to also install an ignition interlock device for one year.
What Mr.Drummer did is a good lesson for anyone who feels as though they’re at the bottom and don’t know how to stop drinking or drinking and driving. Maybe the next time you or someone you know is considering drinking and driving, you’ll stop and think about how one man decided enough was enough and called the police on himself.