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‘Bizarre behaviour’ on Hwy 17 leads to impaired, drug charges


A Sudbury driver facing nine charges – including impaired driving – after a report of erratic behaviour on Highway 17 in the area of Serpent River First Nation on Friday.

Members of East Algoma Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) attended a call for assistance at a residence at about 8 a.m. on March 29.

While at the scene, “a driver of a brown sport utility vehicle yelled at police and displayed very bizarre behaviour,” said police.

“Because of these signs of impairment, they were arrested and assessed by an OPP drug recognition evaluator.”

The SUV was towed and impounded said police.

“In the driver's possession, police seized an air-soft imitation Berretta handgun, a large hunting knife, a switchblade knife, suspected cocaine, suspected suboxone tablets, suspected Fentanyl, suspected crystal meth and a crack pipe,” said police.

As a result of the incident, police have charged the driver, a 43-year-old Sudbury woman with five drug possession charges, occupying a motor vehicle knowing there was a prohibited or restricted weapon inside and three counts of failing to apply with a release order in addition to the impaired driving charge.

None of the allegations has been proven in court.

The accused is scheduled to appear in court in Elliot Lake on May 2.

“The OPP would like to remind the motoring public to drive sober; this includes drug consumption as well,” said police.

“A charge of impairment by drugs involves all drugs, be it prescription, over-the-counter and those that are illegal.”

Impairment by drugs is a crime under the Criminal Code and drivers are subject to the same penalties as those who are charged with driving while impaired by alcohol, said provincial police. Top Stories

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