(RAINY RIVER, ON) – Shortly after 1:00 am on September 22, 2019 members of the Rainy River District Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) conducted a Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (RIDE) check in the Town of Rainy River.
The attention of the officers at the RIDE check was drawn to a half tonne truck that attended the area. One of the officers detected the odour of alcohol and demanded that the operator of the motor vehicle provide a sample of his breath into an approved screening device. The operator registered an “alert” indicating a blood alcohol concentration greater than 50 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood.
Further investigation revealed that the operator’s driver’s licence was currently suspended for a similar incident. As a result of the investigation conducted, Joshua FURHER (18) of Ear Falls was charged with the following offences:
- One count of drive motor vehicle under suspension contrary to the Highway Traffic Act (HTA);
- One count of novice driver – Blood alcohol concentration above zero contrary to the HTA;
- One count of fail to have insurance card contrary to Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act (CAIA); and
- Once count of drive motor vehicle with speed measuring device contrary to the HTA.
As a result of driving with a suspended licence, the motor vehicle was impounded for a period of 7 days.
As a result of a second incident registering an “alert” on a roadside screening device, he was issued a second suspension for 7 days.
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.
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