(SABLES-SPANISH RIVERS TOWNSHIP, ON) – A person has been charged with impaired driving after being stopped near a Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (R.I.D.E.) program.

On September 2, 2023, shortly after 4:30 p.m., members of the Manitoulin Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were conducting R.I.D.E. on River Road in Sables-Spanish Rivers Township. 

Police observed an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) swerving on the roadway. The driver was not wearing a helmet and turned around before entering the R.I.D.E. A traffic stop was conducted, and it was determined that the driver had been consuming alcoholic beverages. The driver was arrested for impaired driving and returned to the McKerrow OPP detachment for further tests.

Andrew MILLER, 45-years-old, from Sables-Spanish Rivers Township was charged with operation while impaired – alcohol blood concentration (80 plus).

The accused was released and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Espanola on October 3, 2023.

The driver was issued a 90-day Administrative Driver’s Licence Suspension and the vehicle was impounded for seven days.

Drivers are reminded that no amount of alcohol or drugs in your system is safe when driving. If you plan on drinking or consuming drugs, plan not to drive. Instead, arrange for a designated driver or take a taxi.

If you observe a suspected impaired driver, please call 9-1-1 immediately and report it.

The Manitoulin OPP has laid 57 impaired driving charges since January 1, 2023.

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