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Manitoulin OPP officer arrested for impaired in Sudbury

Officer faces two charges related to impaired driving

An Ontario Provincial Police officer in the region is facing two impaired driving charges.

On Feb. 14 at approximately 1:50 a.m., Nipissing West OPP officers reported responding to a single motor vehicle collision on Hwy 17 at Long Lake Road in the City of Greater Sudbury. 

In a news release, the OPP said the officer’s investigation revealed the driver had been consuming alcohol and the man failed a roadside test. He was subsequently transported to the Greater Sudbury Police Service for further testing.

As a result, Robert McKnight, 32, was charged with one count of operating a motor vehicle while impaired and one count of operating a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol level higher than 80 mgs per 100 mL of blood.

The OPP said McKnight is a member of the OPP and has been stationed at the Manitoulin OPP Detachment for the past eight years. He was off-duty at the time of the crash, OPP said. 

McKnight is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Sudbury on March 25.