(WHITEFISH RIVER FIRST NATION, ON) – The Manitoulin Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has laid 61 impaired driving charges since January 1, 2023.

On September 20, 2023, shortly before 8:30 p.m., the Manitoulin OPP responded to a complaint of a possible impaired driver on Highway 6 in Whitefish River First Nation. The complainant reported that a pick-up truck was crossing the yellow line and had driven onto the shoulder.

Police located the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop at a retail store on Highway 6. It was determined the driver had been consuming alcoholic beverages. The driver was arrested for impaired driving and returned to the Little Current OPP detachment for further tests.

As a result of the investigation, William Michael MOROZ, 63-years-old, from Birch Island was charged with:

  • Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs
  • Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus)
  • Driving while under suspension
  • Obstruct plate
  • Having care or control of a motor vehicle with open container of liquor


The accused was released and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Gore Bay on October 11, 2023.

The driver’s 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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