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Sault man sped down Hwy 17 with open booze in vehicle: OPP

Police say vehicle was seen speeding near Pine Shores Road early Saturday morning

GOULAIS RIVER – Police say a traffic stop on the weekend has resulted in charges against a Sault resident after police saw a vehicle speeding north of the city.

On Saturday shortly after 2 a.m., the Sault Ste. Marie OPP was conducting general patrol on Highway 17 near Pine Shores Road.

That's when officers observed a vehicle "travelling at a high rate of speed and failing to maintain its lane," according to an OPP news release.  

A traffic stop was conducted and it was determined the driver had consumed alcohol, police say.

A search of the vehicle turned up both sealed and open containers of alcohol, police allege.

Police said Joseph Reville, 29, of Sault Ste. Marie was arrested and charged with:

  • Operation while impaired - alcohol and drugs
  • Operation while impaired - blood alcohol concentration (80 plus)
  • Speeding - 1-49 km/hr over posted limit
  • Driving motor vehicle with unsealed container of liquor
  • Fail to have insurance card

The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in the Sault on June 3.

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

None of the allegations have been tested in court and Reville is considered innocent unless proven guilty.