(ESPANOLA, ON) – A person has been charged with impaired driving after being stopped at a Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (R.I.D.E.) program. The Manitoulin Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has laid 46 impaired driving charges since January 1, 2023.

On July 27, 2023, shortly after 6:00 p.m., the Manitoulin OPP was conducting R.I.D.E. on Panache Lake Road in Espanola.

It was determined that a driver had consumed alcoholic beverages. The driver was arrested for impaired driving and returned to the Espanola OPP detachment for further tests.

Darcy TRUDEAU, 41-years-old, from Sables-Spanish River Township was charged with:

  • Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs  
  • Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus)


The accused was released and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Espanola on August 21, 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.

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