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Suspended driver charged after car forces vehicle off highway


A driver whose licence was suspended was charged after police received a report of a car forcing another vehicle off the road on Highway 17 east of the Sault.

On Jan. 27 shortly after 4:30 p.m., members from the East Algoma Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police received a report of a motor vehicle collision on Highway 17 in Plummer Additional Township.

Investigation determined a blue car forced another vehicle off the roadway, police said in a news release.

The driver of the blue car failed to remain at the scene and continued eastbound on Highway 17, according to police.

Shortly thereafter, a traffic complaint was reported of a blue car with damage to it, travelling dangerously on Maple Ridge Road towards Thessalon First Nation, police said.

The car had turned in at a local smoke shop parking lot on Sago Road in the community of Thessalon First Nation.

A short time later, police located the suspect vehicle and the driver was arrested.

Amanda LeClair, 37, was charged with:

  • Dangerous Operation, contrary to section 320.13 of the Criminal code (CC)
  • Take Motor Vehicle Without Consent, contrary to section 335(1) of the CC
  • Fail to Remain, contrary to section 200(1)(a) of the Highway Traffic Act (HTA)
  • Driving While Under Suspension-While Suspended Under HTA, contrary to section 53(1.1) of the HTA
  • Fail to Surrender Insurance Card, contrary to section 3(1) of the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act

The accused is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Elliot Lake on March 2.