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Media Release - Impaired Driver Hits Hydro Pole on Lakeshore Drive

February 8, 2024

Impaired Driver Hits Hydro Pole on Lakeshore Drive

On February 5th, 2024 members of the North Bay Police Service arrested and charged a 54-year-old Port Loring man with Operation While Impaired by Drug and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

At approximately 10:30 pm on February 5th, a vehicle travelling southbound on Lakeshore Drive, in the 800 block, suddenly veered off the road and struck a hydro pole. Police were called by a witness, and upon arrival, a male was located standing near the vehicle. The male was identified as the driver, and after a brief interaction, he was arrested for Impaired Operation by Drug. A search of the accused revealed a small quantity of a controlled substance. Further investigation revealed that the accused was a suspended driver and had also had taken the vehicle from a friend without permission. The accused was transported to Police Headquarters, where he was examined by a Drug Recognition Officer, who determined that the accused was impaired by drug. As a result of the collision, the hydro pole sustained minor damage, while the vehicle sustained significant damage.

As a result of the investigation, the male was charged with;

One count of Operation While Impaired by Drug

One count of Possession of a Controlled Substance

One count of Take Vehicle without Consent

One count of Drive While Under Suspension (Highway Traffic Act)

The accused was later released on an Undertaking with a future court date.

Police are reminding the public that operating a motor while being impaired by drugs carries the same consequences as being impaired by alcohol.

Consequences of being charged with an Impaired Driving Offence include;

7-day vehicle impoundment

A mandatory 90-day driver’s license suspension

Upon conviction, subjects face heavy fines, further driver’s license suspensions and possible jail time.