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Orillia man, asleep at wheel in parking lot, faces impaired charges

Police received a call from a citizen after a man was seen allegedly sleeping at the wheel of the vehicle in a Memorial Avenue parking lot
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The Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has arrested and charged a male with impaired driving after receiving a call from a citizen at a Memorial Avenue business, reporting that a man was asleep behind the wheel in the parking lot.

On Aug. 2, 2020 at approximately 1:30 p.m., a concerned citizen contacted police to report that a pickup truck was stopped in a business parking lot and that the male driver was asleep behind the wheel. Officers arrived and noticed that the vehicle was running and did not immediately get a response from the driver. After gaining access to the vehicle, the officers were given cause to enter into an impaired driving investigation. 

As a result, the driver, Zachariah Reed, age 24 of Orillia was arrested and charged with:

  • Operation while impaired - alcohol, contrary to section 320.14(1)(a) of the Criminal Code
  • Operation while impaired - blood alcohol concentration (80 plus), contrary to section 320.14(1)(b) of the Criminal Code

The accused was released on a Form 10 Undertaking and is set to appear on Oct. 6, 2020 at the Ontario Court of Justice, Orillia.

The Orillia OPP would like to thank everyone who share the responsibility of keeping our roads, trails and waterways safe by reporting impaired drivers. 

We are committed to serving our province by protecting its citizens, upholding the law and preserving public safety. If you have any information about crime in our community please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or report minor occurrences online by visiting

You can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit your information online at if you have any information on this crime or any other crime. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display and you will remain anonymous. Being anonymous, you will not testify in court and your information may lead to a cash reward of up to $2,000.