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Crash in parking lot leads to charges for Barrie man

Driver was impaired by drug and was in possession of cocaine, police say
Barrie police car
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A Barrie man is facing impaired driving and drug charges after a collision occurred in a parking lot Thursday.

Barrie Police Service responded to the report of a crash in the lot of a Bayfield Street business shortly after 1 p.m.

An officer noticed signs of impairment and arrested the 34-year-old driver. He was taken to Barrie police headquarters, where a drug-recognition evaluator determined he was impaired by drug, police said in a news release.

The man was charged with operation while impaired, as well as possession of cocaine. He was released from custody and has a court date in Barrie in early December.

The man’s driver’s licence has been suspended for 90 days and the vehicle he was driving has been impounded for seven days.