Impaired Driving Didn’t Take a Holiday in Fort Frances

Impaired Driving

FORT FRANCES – Over the Canada Day long weekend of June 28 to July 1 members of the Ontario Provincial Police in the Rainy River District area investigated multiple incidents which resulted in impaired driving charges.

During the evening of June 28, the Rainy River District Ontario Provincial Police responded to the report of a possible impaired driver. The vehicle was located in Fort Frances and the driver provided samples of their breath for analysis. The analysis showed that the driver had more than the legal amount of alcohol in their blood. As a result Dion Jernberg (48yrs) of Fort Frances, Ontario was charged with operation while having more than 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood contrary to section 320.14(1)(b) of the Criminal Code.

In the early morning hours of June 30, the Rainy River District OPP were conducting a RIDE (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) checkpoint on Highway 600. A pickup truck came through the RIDE and the driver provided a breath sample into a roadside screening device. The driver failed the roadside test and was brought to the Fort Frances OPP detachment where they provided further breath samples. As a result Jesse Tom (34yrs) of Emo, Ontario was charged with operation while having more than 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood contrary to section 320.14(1)(b) of the Criminal Code.

In the early morning hours of June 30, the Rainy River District OPP were conducting regular patrols of Fort Frances, Ontario and observed a motor vehicle being driven aggressively. Officers signalled the accused to stop the vehicle by turning on their emergency lights. The accused then sped off away from the police. There was a short pursuit and the accused stopped the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot. Officers were able to catch the accused and they were arrested. Following the arrest, officers attempted to obtain breath samples from the accused for an analysis of the amount of alcohol in their blood but they refused to provide those samples. As a result, Isaac Smith (21yrs) of Fort Frances, Ontario was charged with the following Criminal Code charges:

  • Flight from peace officer contrary to section 320.17 CC.
  • Operation while impaired – alcohol contrary to section 320.14(1)(a) CC
  • Operation while having more than 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood contrary to section 320.14(1)(b) CC
  • Fail to Comply with Recognizance contrary to section 145(3) CC

In the evening of July 1 members of the Rainy River District OPP, Atikokan Detachment were conducting a RIDE checkpoint on Nym Lake Road off of Highway 11. A motor vehicle entered the RIDE check and the officer requested the driver provide a sample of their breath into a roadside screening device. The driver of the vehicle failed the test. The driver was subsequently arrested and brought to the OPP Atikokan detachment for further breath samples. As a result Noah Manns (39yrs) of Atikokan, Ontario was charged with operation while having more than 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood contrary to section 320.14(1)(b) of the Criminal Code.

All accused’s persons were given court dates and released from custody by way of a Promise to Appear. They will be required to attend the Ontario Court of Justice to answer to their charges.