(ESSEX, ON) – Yesterday evening around 9:30pm, The OPP responded to an incident at the end of Baldwin Road, south of County Road 50, in Essex. Police were notified that man had driven a van off the 60’ cliff at the end of the road and landed in Lake Erie.
The GMC Savannah van had landed in chest-deep water. A Good Samaritan entered the water to check on the wellbeing of the man.
Police arrived on scene and provided medical care to the driver until Essex-Windsor EMS and Essex Fire and Rescue made it on site and then assisted in the removal of the man. The driver sustained non-life threatening injuries.
While speaking with the man, police determined that he was exhibiting signs of impairment. He was arrested prior to being transferred to hospital. The driver was charged with impaired driving and with refusing to provide a breath sample.
“The immediate response by three Essex County OPP members to enter into Lake Erie to rescue this individual is significant and speaks to their professionalism,” said Glenn Miller, the Essex OPP detachment commander. “The actions by a driver in not obeying our drinking and driving laws is not only disappointing, but once again placed the public and our OPP members in a dangerous situation.”
The man’s driver’s licence has been suspended and his vehicle impounded.