North Bay OPP has charged people with impaired driving in two separate incidents over the weekend, making it 36 impaired drivers charged by the detachment in 2020.
Driver refuses to stop, assaults officers
On September 4, officers received numerous calls of a driver on Highway 17 near Calvin Township. When police went to pull the vehicle over, it drove away.
Police say that a spike strip was then laid down in Bonfield, where officers eventually stopped the vehicle.
Once the vehicle was stopped, officers say the driver began to attack them with a weapon, resulting in broken windows on a police cruiser.
A 38-year-old Pembroke, Ontario man has been charged with:
- Flight from Police contrary to section 320.17 of the Criminal Code (CC);
- Dangerous Operation contrary to section 320.13(1) of the CC;
- Assault Peace Officer (two counts) contrary to section 270(1)(a) of the CC;
- Assault Peace Officer with a Weapon (two counts) contrary to section 270.01(1)(a) of the CC;
- Operation While Impaired – Alcohol and Drugs contrary to section 320.14(1)(a) of the CC;
- Mischief Under $5000 contrary to section 430(4) of the CC;
- Uttering Threats contrary to section 264.1(1)(a) of the CC; and
- Obstruct Peace Officer contrary to section 129(a) of the CC
The man was taken into custody and is set to appear in court on September 8.
Minor injuries after single-vehicle collision
On September 5, North Bay OPP responded to a single-vehicle crash on Memorial Park Drive in Powassan.
The police investigation found that the vehicle had left the roadway, hit a hydro pole, and landed upside down in a swamp.
Both the driver and passenger of the vehicle were attended to by paramedics at the scene.
The 22-year-old driver from North Bay is facing two charges for impaired driving. The passenger was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
The driver is set to appear in court on November 3.