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Off-Duty North Bay Police Service Officer Helps Stop Impaired Driver

October 6, 2021

On Saturday, October 2, 2021, members of the North Bay Police Service charged a 68-year old man with impaired driving offenses with the help of an off-duty member of the NBPS.

At approximately 10:15 a.m. on Saturday, October 2, 2021, North Bay Police Service Constable Merv Shantz, who was off duty at the time, witnessed an individual who appeared to be intoxicated while operating a motor vehicle.

After following the accused and witnessing him driving erratically, a passenger driving with Constable Shantz called in a report to police.

The accused continued travelling for a distance before pulling over on Regina Street near Laurier Avenue. At this time, Constable Shantz began the process of arresting the accused. Police arrived shortly thereafter, arrested and charged the accused who had visible signs of impairment.

An Ontario Provincial Police Drug Recognition Evaluation Officer attended and deemed the accused to be impaired.

The accused is a 68-year old male from East Ferris, who is charged with:

  • Operation while impaired - Drugs

The accused was released on an Undertaking and is scheduled to appear at the North Bay District Courthouse on October 19, 2021.

If you witness an individual who is driving dangerously or appears to be impaired, pull over when it is safe to do so and call 9-1-1 or have a passenger call. To assist police, try to remember:

  • The licence plate number
  • Colour of the vehicle
  • Direction of travel