12/01/2013 18:19 EST | Updated 01/31/2014 05:59 EST

Reports of wrong-way Escalade lead to charges for driver

Calls about a Cadillac Escalade going the wrong way on a highway have led to impaired and dangerous driving charges being laid against a Brampton man who holds a learner’s-level driver’s licence.

The Ontario Provincial Police say they received a series of calls just after 5 a.m. on Sunday, about an eastbound Escalade on the westbound lanes of Highway 407, near Goreway Drive in Brampton.

Police say the vehicle was stopped without incident.

The 35-year-old driver was subsequently charged with dangerous driving, impaired driving, driving under suspension, failing to provide a breath sample, and driving on a prohibited highway on a G1 licence.

The accused is being held for a bail hearing, police say.

Under Ontario’s graduated licensing system, drivers must pass through a series of tests before earning their full and permanent driver’s licence.

The initial licence is called the G1, under which drivers must have a zero blood-alcohol level and must stay off 400-series highways. These licence holders must also operate the vehicle alongside a driver who has been licensed for at least four years.

Drivers must then pass a test to be granted a G2 licence, which allows them to drive alone but they cannot have a blood alcohol level above zero. A further test leads to a full G licence, at which point the legal limit rises to 0.08.

However, recent legislation mandates all drivers below the age of 21, regardless of licence level, to maintain a blood alcohol level of zero.