(ESPANOLA, ON) – On March 13, 2021, at approximately 3:13 p.m., officers from the Manitoulin Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a traffic complaint on Highway 17 in Nairn-Hyman Township.


Officers located the vehicle and determined that the driver had been consuming alcohol. As a result of the investigation, Cyprien NGAYABAHIGA, 28 years of age, of Niagara Falls was arrested and charged with the following:


  • Operation While Impaired – Alcohol and Drugs, contrary to section 320.14(10(a) of the Criminal Code (CC),
  • Drive Vehicle or boat with Cannabis Readily Available, contrary to section 12(1) of the Cannabis Control Act 2017,
  • Novice Driver – B.A.C. above Zero, contrary to section 44.1(3) of the Highway Traffic Act,
  • Driving Motor Vehicle With Open Container of Liquor, contrary to section 32(1) of the Liquor Licence Act.


The accused was released on an Appearance Notice and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Espnaola on May 3, 2021.

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