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Woman, 19, had open liquor in vehicle, is charged with impaired

OPP received a complaint about the driver at 6:45 a.m. May 22

A 19-year-old woman from Atikameksheng First Nation has been charged with impaired driving after being pulled over in the community May 22.

The Nipissing West OPP arrested the woman after receiving a traffic complaint from Lakeshore Road at 6:45 a.m. that day.

Officers located the vehicle and while speaking to the driver, it was determined she was impaired by alcohol. The driver was arrested and transported to the Nipissing West (Sudbury) Detachment for further testing.

Open alcohol was located and seized from inside the vehicle, police say.

As a result of the investigation, the woman was charged with:

  • Operation while impaired - alcohol and drugs, contrary to section 320.14(1)(a) of the Criminal Code (CC)
  • Operation while impaired - blood alcohol concentration (80 plus), contrary to section 320.14(1)(b) of the CC
  • Driving motor vehicle with liquor readily available, contrary to section 32(1) of the Liquor Licence Act
  • Class G1 licence holder - unaccompanied by qualified driver, contrary to O. Reg 340/94, section 5(1) of the Highway Traffic Act

The woman was released on both an appearance notice and a provincial summons, and is scheduled to appear in Sudbury court June 30.

The accused was issued a 90-day administrative driver's licence suspension and the vehicle was impounded for 45 days.

This incident marks the 24th driver charged under the criminal impaired driving laws in the Nipissing West Detachment area in 2021.