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TIMMINS POLICE NOTE DISTURBING TREND IN RECENT IMPAIRED DRIVING OCCURRENCES

The Timmins Police Service has charged 4 local persons with Impaired Driving related Criminal Code offences stemming from separate incidents that occurred recently in Timmins.

The Timmins Police Service conducted a RIDE spot check during the evening hours of Monday, March 8th on McLean Drive.

An officer had occasion to interview a driver stopped at the spot check and noted signs of impairment being displayed by the driver.

Based on these observations, the driver was arrested and taken to the Timmins Police station to complete Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) testing procedures.

A quantity of a controlled substance was located in plain view, within the vehicle, pursuant to the arrest.

Based on the outcome of the testing procedures completed, Rene TURCOTTE, 35, of Timmins, has been charged with:

– Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada

– Drive Vehicle with Cannabis Readily Available contrary to the Cannabis Control Act

– Fail to Surrender Driver’s Licence contrary to the Highway Traffic Act

The accused was released from police custody on the strength of an Undertaking compelling him to attend at Provincial Court in Timmins on April 7th to address the charges laid against him.

In a second incident, a Timmins Police Service officer responded to a traffic complaint concerning an unconscious driver at the wheel of a vehicle in a strip mall parking lot during the afternoon hours of Wednesday, March 10th .

The subject vehicle was located at an Algonquin Blvd gas station and a traffic stop was initiated by a Timmins Police officer where the driver was interviewed.

Based on observations made by the officer, the driver of the Mazda passenger vehicle was arrested and transported to the Timmins Police station in order to complete Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) testing procedures.

The driver was assessed by a Timmins Police DRE officer and determined to be impaired by drug. As a result of the incident, Sophie CIESLAK, 55, of Timmins, has been charged with:

– Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada

The accused was released from police custody on the strength of an Undertaking compelling her to attend at Provincial Court in Timmins on March 24th to address the charges laid against her.

In a third incident, a Timmins Police Service officer noted a vehicle being driven in an erratic manner on Algonquin Blvd during the early morning hours of Saturday, March 14th.

A traffic stop was initiated by the officer and the driver was interviewed. Based on observations made by the officer, the driver of the pickup truck was arrested and transported to the Timmins Police station in order to complete Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) testing procedures.

The driver was assessed by a Timmins Police DRE officer and determined to be impaired by drug.

As a result of the incident, Carter OUELLETTE, 20, of Matheson, has been charged with:

– Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada

– Drive Vehicle with Cannabis Readily Available contrary to the Cannabis Control Act

– Fail to Surrender Driver’s Licence contrary to the Highway Traffic Act

– Fail to Notify – Change of Address contrary to the Highway Traffic Act

The accused was released from police custody on the strength of an Undertaking compelling him to attend at Provincial Court in Timmins on April 14th to address the charges laid against him.

In a fourth recent incident, a Timmins Police Service officer responded to a complaint received from EMS paramedics concerning an unconscious driver at the wheel of a vehicle on Maple Street North during the evening hours of Wednesday, March 17th.

The subject vehicle was located by a responding Timmins Police officer who found the driver revving the engine of the vehicle.

The driver was interviewed by the officer and found to be exhibiting obvious signs of impairment.

Based on observations made by the officer, the driver of the passenger vehicle was arrested and transported to the Timmins Police station in order to complete Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) testing procedures.

The driver refused to take part and complete the DRE testing procedures in keeping with the lawful DRE demand made of her by the Timmins Police.

As a result of the incident, Jessie LEFEBVRE, 31, of Timmins, has been charged with:

– Fail or Refuse to Comply with Demand contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada

The accused was released from police custody on the strength of an Undertaking compelling her to attend at Provincial Court in Timmins on April 13th to address the charges laid against her.

Timmins Police Service Traffic Sergeant Thomas Chypyha adds “The Timmins Police is aware of a disturbing trend in terms of how common impaired by drug incidents are occurring lately. The general public must be made aware and comply with the legal concept that impairment, due to the consumption of whatever intoxicant, clearly meets the threshold of Impaired Operation as defined under the Criminal Code of Canada. Since the risks involved in this type of behavior are the same as standard impairment due to alcohol, the prospect of being charged and having to face identical penalties are a reality that some choose to ignore. Our officers are fully trained on how to recognize signs of impairment due to alcohol as well as those indicators of impairment due to consuming controlled substances.”

The Timmins Police remind local motorists that the 3rd week of March is National Impaired Driving Prevention Week.

The value and importance of public education on this chronic issue cannot be underestimated.

The Timmins Police recommend visiting the following link to become better acquainted with the legal aspects of indulging in this sort of driving behavior.

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-safety-canada/campaigns/national-impaired-drivingprevention-week.html