13% of 2020 year charges were for Impaired Driving "Drugs"
SUDBURY, ONTARIO ~~~~~ January 6, 2021 (LSN) On December 31, 2020 at 10:56 p.m., members from the Nipissing West Detachment (Sudbury) of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were investigating a traffic complaint on Highway 17, in the City of Greater Sudbury. The complaint was in relation to an impaired driver.
Officers subsequently located and stopped the vehicle. The investigation revealed the driver was under the influence of a drug and was arrested.
A small quantity of drugs, suspected to be cocaine, was seized.
The driver was transported to the North Bay OPP Detachment for further testing by a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE).
As a result of the investigation, the driver, Matthew SMITH, 30-years-of-age, from Warren, was arrested and charged with:
- Operation While Impaired - Alcohol and Drugs, contrary to section 320.14(1)(a) of the Criminal Code (CC);
- Driving while under suspension, contrary to section 53(1.1) of the Highway Traffic Act (HTA);
- Drive motor vehicle - not equipped with ignition interlock device, contrary to section 11of Highway Traffic Act (HTA) O. Reg 287/08; and
- Possession of a Schedule I Substance- Other Drugs, contrary to section 4(1) Controlled Drugs and Substance Act (CDSA)
The accused was released on an Undertaking and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice on February 24th, 2021, in Sudbury.
The accused was issued a 90-day Administrative Driver's Licence Suspension (ADLS) and the vehicle was impounded for seven days.
This incident marks the 79th driver charged under the criminal impaired driving laws in the Nipissing West Detachment area in 2020 and the fourteen during this year's Festive RIDE.
The 13% was for the 2020 year people charge with Impaired Drive were Impaired from the use of Drugs
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