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Release: Driver Arrested at Police Station for Refusal to Provide Breath Sample

June 10, 2024

Driver Arrested at Police Station for Refusal to Provide Breath Sample

A 67-year-old North Bay man was arrested and charged on Saturday, after he drove his vehicle to North Bay Police Service headquarters, while it was suspected he was under the influence of alcohol.

On June 10th, around 12:40 pm, a male attended the lobby of the North Bay Police Service headquarters to speak to an officer about a matter. An officer at headquarters suspected the man had been consuming alcohol and had then driven to police headquarters. At that point, the officer provided him with a breath demand, compelling him to blow into a roadside screening device. The male refused to provide a sample of his breath and was subsequently arrested and charged for Refusal.

As a result of this incident, the accused was charged with one count of Refusal to Comply with Demand, his vehicle was seized by police and impounded for 7 days, and his driver’s license was suspended for 90 days.

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

The public is reminded that the Criminal Code compels drivers to provide a breath sample, once an officer has made the breath demand. Refusal to provide a sample carries the same consequences as impaired driving, upon conviction.