Impaired charge leads to probation, sobriety


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A Warwick man who passed out in his car after taking fentanyl says “it probably was the worst decision of my life so far.”

Tanner Ridley pled guilty to impaired driving in Sarnia Court Feb. 9.

Police were called to London Line in Warwick Township Sept. 28. The 28-year-old was stopped in a live lane of traffic, with the vehicle running and in drive. He was passed out in the driver’s seat and burnt tinfoil was on the seat beside him after taking fentanyl.

Ridley says he’s abused drugs seven years but he has been sober since the incident. And he has been attending a methadone clinic. “That was the lowest of lows,” he told Judge Krista Leszczynski. 

Ridley was sentenced to one year probation and a $1,500 fine. Part of his probation is to participate in counselling for his substance abuse. He will also not be allowed to drive for one year.