(ESPANOLA, ON) – One driver has been arrested and charged with impaired driving after police conducted a traffic stop in Espanola.


On March 11, 2024, shortly before 10:00 p.m., the Manitoulin Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were conducting general patrol in Espanola. Police conducted a traffic stop on a motor vehicle for a Highway Traffic Act violation on Algoma Street.


Upon speaking with the driver, police were able to determine that the driver had consumed alcoholic beverages. The driver was subsequently arrested and transported to the OPP detachment for further testing.


As a result of the investigation, Kenneth LEET, 64-years-old, from Manitoulin Island has been charged with:

  • Operation unsafe vehicle
  • Drive vehicle with cannabis readily available
  • Driving motor vehicle with liquor readily available
  • Driving while under suspension (two counts)
  • Drive with improper headlights
  • Fail to stop for police
  • Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs
  • Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus)


The accused is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Espanola on April 15, 2024.


The driver was issued a 90-day Administrative Driver’s Licence Suspension, and the vehicle was impounded for 45 days.

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