(SABLES-SPANISH RIVERS, ON) – The Manitoulin Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has laid 47 impaired driving charges since January 1, 2023.

On July 30, 2023, shortly after 12:30 a.m., the Manitoulin OPP responded to a harassment complaint at a residence in Sables-Spanish Rivers Township.

Police located the subject of the complaint. It was determined they had been consuming alcoholic beverages, were impaired, and had driven to the location. The driver was arrested and transported to the Espanola OPP detachment for further tests.

As a result of the investigation, a 38-year-old from Sables-Spanish Rivers Township was charged with:

  • Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus)
  • Criminal harassment – repeatedly communicate
  • Driving while under suspension

The accused was released and scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Espanola in September 2023. Due to the domestic nature of the incident, the name of the accused will not be released to protect the identity of the victim.

The vehicle was impounded for 7 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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