Impaired Driver Investigation Leads to Drug Charges in St. Catharines

Niagara Regional Police responded to a report of a possible impaired driver in St. Catharines just after 10:30 Thursday night.A member of the public contacted the NRPS to report being behind a 2017 blue Volkswagen that was driving erratically and had bumped into curbs.Officers located and stopped the Volkswagen at Frank Street and Church Street in St. Catharines.   After speaking with the male driver, officers formed grounds to believe he was impaired, and he was arrested.  A search of the Volkswagen following the driver’s arrest led to the seizure of 65 grams of suspected Fentanyl, and 32 suspected Benzodiazepine pills. 39 year-old Daniel Denis Petrucci of St. Catharines was arrested and charged with criminal offences of:Impaired Operation of a Conveyance – DrugPossession for the Purpose of Trafficking – FentanylPossession for the Purpose of Trafficking – Benzodiazepine Petrucci was later released on a Form 10 Undertaking with a future court date of December 29 in St. Catharines. In addition to the Volkswagen being impounded, Petrucci has been issued an Administrative Driver’s Licence Suspension.  The ADLS is issued to everyone charged with similar driving offences.  The ADLS prohibits Petrucci from operating a motor vehicle for 90 days from the date it was issued.