Impaired Driving Leads to Accident and Charges for Manitouwadge Man

Image: OPP
Image: OPP

MANITOUWADGE – On January 13, 2021 at approximately 03:19 pm, officers of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Manitouwadge detachment received a call regarding a single motor vehicle collision (MVC) on Highway 614 north of Wabikoba Road.

OPP say that a pickup truck traveling south on Highway 614 crossed the north bound lane and entered the east ditch hitting a rock cut. The driver was transported to a local hospital and treated for minor injuries.

After further investigation the driver, 47-year-old Clayton BARSTAD of Manitouwadge, ON was charged with operate a conveyance with a blood alcohol concentration that was equal to or exceeded 80 mg of alcohol in 100 mL of blood, contrary to Section 320.14(1)(b) of the Criminal Code.

The driver was later released on an undertaking with conditions to attend court in Manitouwadge on 20 January, 2021 to answer to the charge.

Motorists who drive impaired by alcohol or drugs are subject to drivers licence suspensions, fines, vehicle impoundments, criminal records and increased insurance costs. Please drive responsibly and don’t drink and drive.

The public is encouraged to call 911 or contact police at 1-888-310-1122 whenever suspecting that a driver is impaired while operating a motor vehicle whether it is a Car, Truck, Motorcycle, ATV, Snowmobile, Boat or even an Airplane.

None of the charges have been proven in court. As always, those accused are considered innocent until proven guilty.