Saturday, October 25, 2014

Impaired driving charges laid here

Rainy River District OPP officers charged three people with impaired driving offences over the Labour Day weekend.
Four others were issued driver’s licence suspensions while six drivers were charged with distracted driving.

On Saturday around 9:10 p.m., officers were notified of an erratic driver travelling in the area of King’s Highway in Fort Frances.
Officers patrolling to look for the vehicle first observed the 1996 Buick Regal in the area of Mowat Avenue.
As officers turned to pull the vehicle over, the driver pulled away and drove erratically onto Church Street, where officers stopped the car after using both lights and sirens to get the driver’s attention.
When officers approached the vehicle, the driver, Robert Logan, 34, of Calgary, was texting with a hand-held device in each hand.
He was found to be under the influence of alcohol and charged with having a blood alcohol level over 80 mg.
He also was charged with driving with a hand-held communication device.
The vehicle was towed and seized for seven days.
The man was being held in custody pending a bail hearing.
Also Saturday around 2:30 a.m., officers stopped a 2010 black Ford Focus after observing driving habits consistent with impaired driving.
Roseanne Kavanaugh, 37, of Northwest Angle 37 First Nation, was charged with having a blood alcohol level over 80 mg after she failed the roadside screening device and subsequent breath tests.
Her vehicle was towed, with her first court appearance slated for Oct. 6.
On Sunday at 10 a.m., police were notified of a male asleep inside a vehicle located on the 1000 block of Second Street East in Fort Frances.
The caller was concerned that the male may be experiencing a medical emergency.
When police arrived, they located Kenneth Bombay, 52, under the influence of alcohol and passed out on the steering wheel.
He was arrested for having care and control of a motor vehicle, and will appear in court here Oct. 6.
Meanwhile, officers conducting marine patrol Saturday stopped a vessel in Sand Bay for an equipment safety check.
The operator, a 36-year-old Fort Frances male, was found to be under the influence of alcohol.
He registered a “warn” on the roadside screening device and was issued a three-day suspension.
Also Saturday, a 19-year-old male driver was stopped on Third Street West in Fort Frances.
He was charged with being a novice driver having a blood alcohol level above zero, and issued a three-day driver’s licence suspension, after registering a “warn” on a roadside screening device.
A 48-year-old male driver from Deer Lake, Ont. was stopped by police on Highway 11 in Rainy River and issued with a three-day driver’s licence suspension.
And a 22-year-old female driver from Emo was stopped by police on Highway 11 there and issued with a three-day driver’s licence suspension.
The OPP reminds motorists that operating a vehicle or vessel under the influence of any amount of alcohol is dangerous and jeopardizes your own safety, as well as the safety of others.
If you are planning to consume alcohol, then plan to have a sober person drive you home.
The public may report an impaired driver by calling the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

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