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Ontario Police Have Charged A Well-Known Conservative Strategist With Drunk Driving

Nick Kouvalis allegedly crashed a Lexus into a concrete culvert while intoxicated over the weekend.

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Police near Windsor, Ontario, have charged a well-known Conservative strategist with drunk driving after he allegedly crashed a Lexus over the weekend.

Essex County OPP say they have charged 40-year-old Nectario (Nick) Kouvalis — the architect of Rob Ford's 2010 mayoral campaign — with impaired operation of a motor vehicle and exceeding 80 milligrams of blood alcohol content.

Police said they were called to a single-vehicle collision at around 2:20 a.m. on Sunday. A silver Lexus had left a county road and hit a concrete culvert, police said.

"The driver was not injured but exhibited signs of impairment and was arrested at the scene," police said in a press release.

Kouvalis — who lives outside Windsor in the town of Amherstburg — has worked with Ford, current Toronto Mayor John Tory, and is co-owner of polling firm Campaign Research.

Most recently, he's taken a job as chair for MP Kellie Leitch's Conservative leadership campaign.

After news of his arrest broke, Kouvalis revealed he has been battling an alcohol addiction and called the crash a "timely wake up call."

Since 2011, I've been struggling with alcohol addiction. I was hopeful that after a stint in rehab and regular attendance at AA mtgs.... 1/

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that I had it under control. It has become apparent I do not. This weekend, I had an accident and thankfully no one was just injured....2/

I am grateful I have received this timely wake up call and look forward to starting my journey to permanent sobriety....3/

I'm very sorry to all those that I let down. I ask for all of your help and advice in dealing with this difficult addiction.... 4/4

Police said Kouvalis is scheduled to appear in a Windsor court on May 4.

UPDATE

Kouvalis has resigned as chair of Leitch's campaign — a serious setback for Leitch's leadership bid, the Canadian Press reported Tuesday.


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