Featured, News

Four impaired driving charges throughout June & July

The months of June and July saw four individuals charged with impaired driving offences.

On June 22, at approximately 11:50 p.m., police received a report of a possible impaired driver in the area of Airport Rd. and Westmount Blvd. Police attended the area and located the vehicle in question. After conducting a traffic stop, officers spoke to the driver and noted signs of impairment. Following an investigation, Clayton DE SOUZA, 26, of Timmins was charged with Impaired Driving, Novice Driver – Blood Alcohol Content above 0 (Highway Traffic Act), Drive Motor Vehicle with open container of liquor (Liquor License Act), Operate a Motor Vehicle with no insurance (Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act), and Careless Driving (Highway Traffic Act).

On July 9, at approximately 4:30 a.m., police received a report of a possible impaired driver in the West end of the city. Officers located the vehicle in question in the area of Algonquin Blvd. and Mountjoy St. Upon speaking to the driver, officers noted signs of impairment. Following an investigation, Joseph Frederick MATATAWABIN, 32, of Timmins was charged with Care or Control of a Motor Vehicle while Impaired, and Care or Control of a Motor Vehicle with more than 80 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood.

On July 24, 2017, police received a report of a possible impaired driver in the area of Algonquin Blvd. and Brunette Rd. Police located the vehicle in question, spoke to the driver, and noted signs of impairment. The driver, Brian DAVIDSON, 57, of Timmins was arrested and subsequently charged with Impaired Driving and Driving with more than 80 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood.

On July 27, at approximately 7:10 a.m., police received a report of a possible impaired driver in the city’s North end. Officers located the vehicle, and upon speaking to the driver, noted signs of impairment. Following an investigation, Jean SUTHERLAND, 35, of Matheson, ON was charged with Care or Control of a Motor Vehicle while Impaired, and Care or Control of a Motor Vehicle with more than 80 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood.

All accused persons listed above were released on Promises to Appear in court and given future court dates.

It is important to note that all above impaired driving charges were the result of concerned citizens calling police to report suspected impaired drivers. Residents are encouraged to continue this practice, in order to continue removing impaired drivers from our roads.

Signs of impaired drivers could include drifting or weaving in and out of traffic lanes, sudden or erratic braking, failure to turn on headlights at night, slow response to traffic signals, or signaling that is inconsistent with driving actions, among others. Suspected impaired drivers should always be reported by calling 9-1-1.