East Algoma lays Impaired Charges

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Driver Charged with Impaired after Crashing into Ditch

(ELLIOT LAKE, ON) – On March 19, 2022, at approximately 2:30 a.m. the East Algoma Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a traffic related complaint of a possible impaired driver in the Timmins Road and Dieppe Avenue area in Elliot Lake.

The complainant reported that a vehicle was in the ditch and the driver appeared to be drunk. A short time later, police located the Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) in the ditch at that location. The SUV had gone through the snowbank and ditch, then into some cedar trees of a backyard. It was stuck but the driver was still attempting to drive it out. The driver was spoken to who exhibited signs of impairment and a strong odour of alcoholic beverage emanated from their breath. An open bottle of liquor was also found inside the vehicle. The driver was subsequently arrested and the vehicle was towed and impounded.

Natasha ROSE, 34 years-old, from Elliot Lake was charged with:

  • Operation While Impaired – Alcohol and Drugs, contrary to section 320.14(1)(a) of the Criminal Code (CC)
  • Failure or Refusal to Comply with Demand, contrary to section 320.15(1) of the CC
  • Novice Driver – Fail to Provide Breath Sample, contrary to section 48.1(3) of the Highway Traffic Act (HTA)

The accused is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Elliot Lake on May 3, 2022.

The OPP remind motorists that no amount of alcohol or drug is acceptable to consume and drive. Report impaired drivers. Should you observe a suspected impaired driver, please dial 911 or contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122.

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East Algoma OPP Lays Impaired Charge

(MUNICIPALITY OF HURON SHORES, ON)- On Sunday March 20, 2022, at approximately 8:30 p.m., members from the East Algoma Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a traffic complaint of a westbound pick-up truck tailgating and driving aggressively on Highway 17 near Dean Lake Road in the Municipality of Huron Shores.

A short time later, police located the pick-up truck parked at a property along Highway 17 and as the officer was speaking to the driver police determined alcohol had been consumed. The driver was arrested and transported to Blind River detachment where further testing was conducted.

As a result of the investigation, Jay FINCH, 57 years-of-age from the Municipality of Huron Shores was charged with:

  • Operation While Impaired- Alcohol and Drugs, contrary to section 320.14(1)(a) of the Criminal Code (CC)
  • Operation While Impaired-Blood Alcohol Concentration (80 plus), contrary to section 320.14(1)(b) of the CC

The accused is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Elliot Lake on May 5, 2022. The accused was issued a 90-day Administration Drivers Licence Suspension (ADLS), and the pick-up truck was impounded for seven days.

Reporting impaired driving is everyone’s responsibility. Call 9-1-1 if you suspect an impaired driver.

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