RED LAKE – On December 28, 2018, at approximately 10:18 pm, officers from the Red Lake detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were conducting a RIDE (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) program within the Municipality of Red Lake.
Officers spoke with a male driver who appeared to be under the influence of cannabis. As a result of the investigation, Richard Salonen, 57, of Red Lake, is charged with Impaired Operation of a motor vehicle contrary to Section 320.14(1)(a) of the Criminal Code. He was released by way of a promise to appear in Red Lake court on February 28, 2019, 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. If you plan on drinking or consuming drugs, plan to not drive. Instead, arrange for a designated driver, take a taxi or public transit, or come up with another plan that takes impaired driving out of the picture.
The OPP is committed to safety for all who utilize Ontario’s roadways. Members of the public are urged to report Impaired Driving by calling 911 in emergency situations. Complaints of impaired, aggressive or careless driving can also be made by calling 1-888-310-1122.