Fort Frances OPP Busy Arresting Impaired Drivers

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Man drinking beer while driving in his car Image Depositphotos.com

FORT FRANCES – Impaired driving puts everyone at risk. Both the motoring public and the driver are at risk of injury or death. The Rainy River District of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has been busy arresting and charging individuals in the district for Impaired Driving over the past weekend.

On October 20, 2018, at approximately 10:15 AM, officers were advised of a possible impaired driver and motor vehicle collision on Highway 11 East of Emo. An officer attended the scene and commenced an investigation, determining that the vehicle driver alcohol in her body. The driver was subsequently arrested and transported to the Fort Frances detachment, where she underwent further testing.

As a result, Marlys MORDEN, 31 years of age, of Atikokan has been charged with:

1)   Driving while Ability Impaired contrary to section 253(1)(a), and

2)   Drive Over 80 Milligrams contrary to section 253(1)(b) both of the Criminal Code.

On October 21, 2018, at approximately 5:12 AM, the OPP received a call of an impaired driver at a Fort Frances restaurant drive-through. Officers located the suspect vehicle a short time later in Fort Frances. The officer determined that the driver had alcohol in his body. He was arrested and transported to the Fort Frances detachment, where he underwent further testing.

As a result, Chad Smith, 38 years of age, of Fort Frances, has been charged with:

1)   Care or Control while Impaired contrary to section 253(1)(a), and

2)   Care or Control over 80 Milligrams contrary to section 253(1)(b), both of the Criminal Code.

On October 21, 2018, at approximately 7:30 PM, the OPP received a call of an impaired driver at a Fort Frances restaurant drive-through. Officers attended the area and located the vehicle parked in the restaurant parking lot. The officer commenced an investigation and determined that the vehicle driver had alcohol in his body. He was subsequently arrested and transported to the Fort Frances detachment, where he underwent further testing.

As a result, Sean GRIFFIN, 42 years of age, of Thunder Bay, has been charged with:

1.   Care or Control while Impaired contrary to section 253(1)(a), and

2.   Care or Control over 80 Milligrams contrary to section 253(1)(b), both of the Criminal Code.

The OPP would like to remind the public that impaired driving is the leading cause of criminal death in Canada.


If you suspect that someone is driving while impaired, whether it be by alcohol, drug or a combination of both, please contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1(888) 310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000. Contact Crimestoppers on their website at:  http://www.p3tips.com/273.