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Ditched vehicle results in impaired driving charges

2020-04-01 OPP stock
File photo supplied by the Ontario Provincial Police

A Southern Ontario driver has been charged with impaired driving after a vehicle was discovered in a ditch on Highway 17 in the Municipality of Huron Shores on Saturday evening.

A news release issued today by the East Algoma Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) states that officers responded to several citizen complaints shortly after 6 p.m.

Full text of the OPP release follows:

MUNICIPALITY OF HURON SHORES - On July 3, 2021 shortly after 6 p.m., members from the East Algoma Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police responded to several traffic complaints of a possible impaired driver and a vehicle in a ditch on Highway 17 near Farmers Road in the Municipality of Huron Shores.

Police located the vehicle while speaking to the driver police determined alcohol had been consumed.

As a result, Kyle Quesnelle, 36 years of age from Tiny Township, 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

The accused is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Blind River on Aug. 5, 2021.

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

Editor's note: a previous version of this release stated that the accused was previously under a driver's licence suspension and the vehicle was impounded for 45 days. A correction has been issued