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Man plows through construction markers, one of two to be charged with impaired driving offences

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Local OPP detachments helped to take two separate impaired drivers off the roads for at least 90 days this weekend.

On October 29, at 1:05 am, officers from the North Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police were called to a motor vehicle collision on Highway 64, north of Field.

Paramedic Services, West Nipissing Fire and West Nipissing Police Service all attended the scene to assist the driver, who had suffered minor injuries. Paramedics transported the driver to the West Nipissing hospital by ambulance

Officers from North Bay OPP met the driver at the hospital. Officers say they smelled an odour of alcohol coming from the driver’s breath. They made a demand for the driver to provide a breath sample. The breath tests conducted at the hospital revealed that the driver had over the legal limit of alcohol in her blood.

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As a result of the police investigation, a 37-year-old North Bay woman has been charged with:

  • Driving While Ability Impaired by Alcohol
  • Driving with More than 80 mg of Alcohol in Blood

The woman’s driver’s licence has been automatically suspended for 90 days and the vehicle has been impounded for seven days.

The accused has been released on a promise to appear and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in North Bay on November 14.

Also, on October 29, at 2:20 am, the Powassan Detachment of the OPP received a traffic complaint of a vehicle travelling southbound in the construction zone, south of North Bay

The caller said that the vehicle had struck a number of the safety posts separating the northbound and southbound lanes.

The vehicle was located by police. The driver was arrested at the scene for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Impaired Driving. The driver was brought to the North Bay Police Service for breath testing.

The breath tests revealed that the driver had over the legal limit of alcohol in his blood.

As a result of the police investigation, a 31-year-old Powassan man has been charged with:

  • Driving While Ability Impaired by Alcohol
  • Driving with More than 80mgs of Alcohol in Blood
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance – Cannabis Marihuana Under 30g

The man’s driver’s licence has been automatically suspended for 90 days and the vehicle has been impounded for 7 days.

He was released on a promise to appear and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in North Bay on November 21.

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