Citizen complaint leads to Charge of Impaired by Drugs for Driver

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THUNDER BAY – NEWS – Impaired driving charges can happen even if you are not driving. If you are in control of a  motor vehicle, you are required to be sober. On Monday, Thunder Bay Police Service’s Uniform Patrol Branch officers were dispatched to the parking lot of a restaurant on Waterloo Street following reports of possible intoxicated individuals in a vehicle.

TBPS says, “Officers arrived at the Tim Hortons parking lot where a 911 caller had spotted two people who had difficulty walking enter a green van on Monday, Sept. 2, just after 3:30 p.m. There was a concern that the possibly impaired individuals would be driving.

“When officers approached the van described by the witness, they observed a woman in the driver’s seat. After speaking with the woman they noticed multiple signs that were likely linked to impairment by drugs.

“As a result, the driver was taken into custody for Impaired Control of a Conveyance.”

The accused was transported to the Thunder Bay Police Service headquarters for further screening by a qualified Drug Recognition Evaluator. As a result of that screening, the accused was confirmed to be impaired by drugs.

A 48-year-old Thunder Bay woman is charged with Operation While Impaired by Drugs. She was released on a Promise to Appear with a future court date. None of the charges have been proven in court.