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Woman who drove into fatal hit-and-run scene charged with impaired

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A driver from Sault Ste. Marie faces impaired charges after police say the 42-year-old drove through a highway closure as OPP investigated a fatal hit and run on Highway 17 near Bruce Mines early Saturday morning.

“Shortly after 1:30 a.m., a car travelling westbound on Highway 17 approached the closure and drove past a fully marked police vehicle with its emergency lights activated that was parked in the middle of the highway,” says a news release from East Algoma OPP.

Investigating officers initiated a traffic stop as the accused drove into the collision scene. It was determined that the driver was under the influence of alcohol and was arrested.

As a result, April Lovelace is scheduled to appear in court in Elliot Lake on March 2 and stands 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) CC
    •    Drive on closed highway, contrary to section 134(3) of the Highway Traffic Act (HTA)
    •    Drive motor vehicle - not equipped with ignition interlock device, contrary to section 11 of the HTA Ontario Regulations 287/08