Impaired-driving charge laid against man after van plunges off 18-metre cliff into Lake Erie near Windsor

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The dramatic Essex County crash of a van that plunged 18 metres off a cliff into Lake Erie has led to drunk-driving charges for one man.

Police arrived on the scene near the town of Essex at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday to reports that a GMC Savana van had driven off a steep embankment and into the water.

When Essex County OPP arrived, they entered the chest-deep water to retrieve the driver and offered medical care until paramedics came. The man suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the crash.

The unnamed driver is charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle and refusing to provide a breath sample. His driver’s licence was suspended and his vehicle has been impounded.

In a statement, Essex County OPP detachment commander Glenn Miller applauded the quick thinking of his officers.

“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,” he said.

“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.”


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