MARATHON – Another report of impaired driving. On October 23, 2017, at approximately 6:45 a.m. officers of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Marathon detachment received a report regarding a possible female impaired driver on highway 17 east of Marathon near the Hemlo Mine site.
Officers attended the area and located the female who was being attended to by mine personnel. The female had been stopped from re-entering her vehicle by staff after stopping on an access road near the Barrick Gold mine site. She then started to walk east on the highway so workers continued to follow her attempting to keep her safe from highway traffic until police arrived.
After police arrived and a further investigation was conducted it was determined that the female was impaired by alcohol.
As a result, the 37-year-old female, Wendy BANANISH of Pic Mobert First Nation, ON was arrested and charged with Driving with More than 80 mgs of Alcohol in Blood contrary to the Criminal Code. As well as Fail to Comply with Conditions of an Undertaking.
Wendy Bananish is to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Marathon on December 6, 2017, to answer to the charge.
Motorists who drive impaired by alcohol or drugs are subject to drivers licence suspensions, 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 1-800-310-1122 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.