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(ATIKOKAN, ON) – Shortly after 11:00 am on July 12, 2019 members of the Rainy River District Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) conducted a traffic stop for a violation of the Highway Traffic Act.

An investigation was conducted at the scene including a Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST). After the driver performed poorly, he was transported to the Atikokan Detachment for an evaluation by a trained Drug Recognition Expert (DRE).

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As a result of this investigation, Josh VERAN (30) of Atikokan has been charged criminally with:

  • Operate Conveyance while ability impaired by drug or alcohol.

Veran will appear in Atikokan Provincial Court on Wednesday August 28th at 10:00 am to answer to this charges. 

 The vehicle being driven was impounded for seven days.

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The OPP is committed to safety for all who utilize Ontario’s roadways. Members of the public are urged to report Impaired Driving by calling 911 in emergency situations. Complaints of impaired, aggressive or careless driving can also be made by calling      1-888-310-1122.

 Consuming drugs, whether they are prescription or non-prescription can lead to charges that have the same consequences at the roadside and in court as consuming alcohol.

 For more information on the consequences of drinking and driving, check out:

http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/impaired-driving.shtml

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