Driver and passenger face list of charges after intersection stop

From the OPP

(FORT FRANCES, ON) – On November 14, 2021, at approximately 1:00 a.m., members of the Rainy River District Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were conducting general patrols in the Town of Fort Frances when they observed a motor vehicle stopped in the middle of the intersection of Portage Avenue North and Sixth Street East. Rainy River District officers conducted a traffic stop to ensure the driver’s sobriety. During the interaction officers located contraband and both the driver and passenger were arrested at the scene. Both were transported to the Fort Frances Detachment and processed.

As a result, a 36-year-old man from Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls Township has been charged with the following offences: Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the purpose of Trafficking; Possession of proceeds of crime under $5000; Possession of a prohibited device or ammunition; Possession of a Firearm or Ammunition contrary to Prohibition Order; Possession of article stolen from mail; Possession of an identity document; Possession of Break In Instruments; Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the purpose of Trafficking-opioid other than heroin; Possession of a prohibited device or ammunition.

A 25 year old Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls Township woman has been charged with the following offences: Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the purpose of Trafficking – Methamphetamine; Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the purpose of Trafficking-opioid (other than heroin); Possession of proceeds of crime under $5000; Possession of a prohibited device or ammunition; Possession of article stolen from mail; Possession of Break In Instruments; Possession of a prohibited device or ammunition.

Both were released from custody and will appear in court on the December 13th, 2021 in Fort Frances, Ontario to answer to the charges.

IMPAIRED DRIVER

(FORT FRANCES, ON) – On November 13, 2021, at approximately 8:50 p.m., members of the Rainy River District Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were advised of a traffic complainant in the Township of Alberton. Rainy River District officers located the motor vehicle in the Town of Fort Frances. During the interaction the driver was arrested at the scene and transported to the Fort Frances Detachment.

As a result, a 50-year-old Fort Frances man is charged with Operation While Impaired – Alcohol; and Impaired Operation with Blood Alcohol Concentration over 80.

The driver was issued a 90 day Administrative Driver’s Licence Suspension (ADLS) and the motor vehicle was impounded for seven days.

The accused was released on an Appearance Notice and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on December 13, 2021, in Fort Frances.

IMPAIRED & DRUGS

(ATIKOKAN, ON) – On November 21, 2021, at approximately 4:30 p.m., members of the Rainy River District Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were advised of a traffic complainant in the Town of Atikokan. Rainy River District officers located a motor vehicle in a business parking lot on Mackenzie Avenue, Atikokan . Officers commenced an investigation and a driver was arrested at the scene. An Atikokan resident was brought to the Detachment for further tests

As a result, a 52-year-old Atikokan woman is charged with Operation While Impaired – Alcohol or Drug, and Possession of a Schedule I Substance-Cocaine.

The driver was issued a 90 day Administrative Driver’s Licence Suspension (ADLS) and the motor vehicle was impounded for seven days.

The accused was released on an Appearance Notice and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on January 12, 2022, in Atikokan.

ATTACKERS FOUND

Two suspects, a male and a female, were involved in a motor vehicle collision on November 8. A passing motorist stopped to assist. The suspects then assaulted the driver attempted to steal their vehicle. The victim was able to prevent the theft and the suspects fled.

Area motorists were able to help police to locate the suspects, who are now in custody. The OPP would like to thank the public for their assistance in this case.

IMPAIRED DRIVER

RED LAKE, ON) – On October 5, 2021 at approximately 11:00 p.m., officers from the Red Lake Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) initiated a traffic stop on a male travelling on Highway 105, within the Municipality of Red Lake.

While speaking with the male, it was determined that they had been consuming alcoholic beverages. The officer made a demand for an approved screening device breath sample. The driver failed, was placed under arrest and returned to the detachment for further tests.

As a result of the investigation a 20-year-old Red Lake man was charged with: Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs; Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus).

He was released by way of Undertaking for Red Lake court on December 16th, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. to answer to the charges.

SUSPENDED DRIVER

(SIOUX LOOKOUT, ON) – Members of the Sioux Lookout Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) arrested and charged a North Caribou Lake resident with Impaired Driving offences over the weekend.

On Sunday, November 21, 2021 at approximately 11:13am, an officer conducting traffic enforcement initiated a traffic stop in the area of Wellington Street, when they observed a Highway Traffic Act infraction. Upon further investigation, the driver was found to be suspended and awaiting trial for two separate Operation While Impaired charges. 

Rainy River District OPP Cst. Guy Beaudry has a quick chat with Ron Korpi during the first Festive R.I.D.E. stop of the season on Friday. The campaign aims to help prevent impaired driving during the holiday season. –Ken Kellar photo

When the officer spoke with the driver, they determined the driver had been consuming alcohol. A demand for a roadside test occurred, which the driver failed. He was placed under arrest and returned to the Sioux Lookout Detachment for further tests.

As a result of the investigation, a 28 year old man from North Caribou Lake, ON was charged with; Operation while Impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus); Operation while Impaired – alcohol and drugs; Driving while under suspension.

The vehicle he was operating was impounded by police for a minimum of 7 days. The accused was remanded into custody pending video Bail Court on November 24, 2021.

OPP officers remain diligent with their focus on impaired driving by conducting traffic enforcement, patrols and Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (RIDE) check stops in various and random locations. If you have been consuming intoxicating substances, do not get behind the wheel of any vehicle.

The public is encouraged to call 911 or contact police at 1-888-310-1122 whenever suspecting a driver is impaired while operating a motor vehicle, whether it is a Car, Truck, Motorcycle, ATV, Snowmobile, Boat or even an Airplane.

FATAL COLLISION

Driver Charged

(MARATHON, ON) – Officers of the Marathon Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) detachment responded to a report of a motor vehicle collision (MVC), involving a pickup truck and Tractor Trailer unit (TTU) on Highway 17, approximately 30km west of Marathon near the Little Pic River Bridge. 

Officers arrived on scene to find a blue TTU in the eastbound ditch and a grey GMC pickup truck approximately 150mts west in the westbound lane against the guard rails.

The only occupant of the pickup truck, 69 year old David Hamilton of Schreiber, ON was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The driver and passenger of the TTU were transported to a local hospital and treated for minor injuries and later released.

The driver of the TTU, a 35 year old Brampton man, has been charged with Dangerous Operation Causing Death. The next court appearance for this matter is 20 January 2022.

Highway 17 was closed from Terrace Bay to Marathon for approximately 14 hours while OPP Technical Traffic Control Investigators (TTCI) conduct their investigation. The investigation is ongoing at this time with possible charges pending in this incident.

The Marathon Fire Department (MFD), Anishinabek Police Service (APS), Marathon and Terrace Bay Emergency Medical Services (EMS), responded to the call to assist.

OPP LAUNCHES FESTIVE RIDE CAMPAIGN

Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to advise the public of the Festive R.I.D.E. (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) campaign. From now until January 2, officers will be conducting R.I.D.E. programs throughout the Detachment area to combat impaired driving.

Impaired driving continues to be a serious issue on Ontario roads. Every year, the OPP investigates a significant number of fatal motor vehicle collisions that are attributed to alcohol / drug-impaired drivers. Drivers need to remember that any amount of alcohol or drugs can impair one’s ability to drive.

Through the OPP Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE) program, the OPP’s goal is to reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by drivers who are impaired by drugs.

If you plan on drinking or consuming drugs, plan not to drive. Instead, arrange for a designated driver, take a taxi, stay overnight or stay home.

The OPP relies on the public to report crime and impaired driving is a crime that should be treated no differently. If you suspect that someone is driving or about to drive impaired by alcohol and/or drugs, call 9-1-1 and report it.

The OPP would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Joyous Happy and Safe Holliday season.

OPP CANINES STRIKE A POSE FOR A ‘PAW’SOME CAUSE

Calendar Proceeds Support Charities

(ORILLIA, ON) – For more than 50 years, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Canine Unit handlers and canines have been supporting frontline and specialized policing functions to keep Ontarians safe. Between providing assistance for search and rescue, tracking wanted persons, detecting narcotics, and searching for firearms, explosives and physical evidence, Canine Unit canines took time to put their best paws forward for charity.

In the sixth annual OPP Canine Unit calendar, canines from across Ontario show off their specialized skills and day-to-day commitment to community safety. Each month features a canine with a write-up identifying their specialty, their role and home location. For instance, two-year-old Conan of London shows off his search and rescue skills in June. In March’s photo, you will see our newest training course graduate, Felix from Norfolk, climbing aboard the hovering helicopter with his handler. See Duke, a Malinois Cross from North Bay, tracking in the thick snow in December’s photo.

All proceeds from the 2022 OPP Canine Unit calendar go to the OPP Youth Foundation and the Friends of The OPP Museum. The charities thank everyone for their generosity as last year’s calendar sales raised more than $22,000 for these worthy causes. Each calendar costs $15 and can be purchased at the OPP Off Duty Shopp at oppshop.on.ca.

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