Sioux Lookout OPP Detains Alleged Impaired Driver Following RIDE Program

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Sioux Lookout, ON – The Sioux Lookout Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has apprehended and charged a local individual in an alcohol-related driving incident. The arrest resulted from a proactive RIDE (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) program which took place in the early hours of July 4th, 2023.

Impaired Driving in Sioux Lookout

Shortly after midnight, officers positioned in the area of Wellington St within the Sioux Lookout municipality observed a motorist who appeared impaired. A subsequent investigation concluded the driver was under the influence of alcohol.

The driver, Terrance Legros, 31, a resident of Sioux Lookout, was arrested and transported to the Sioux Lookout OPP Detachment for further testing.

Charges and Penalties Under The Criminal Code

Legros has been charged under the Criminal Code with two offences: Operation While Impaired – Alcohol and Drugs, and Operation While Impaired – Over 80.

The former charge, Operation While Impaired, is a crime in Canada under section 320.14(1)(a) of the Criminal Code. If convicted, offenders can face penalties ranging from fines to jail time. Repeat offences often lead to harsher penalties.

The latter charge, Operation While Impaired – Over 80, refers to operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of over 80 milligrams per 100 milliliters of blood, which is also an offence under section 320.14(1)(b) of the Criminal Code. This also carries similar penalties as the first charge, ranging from fines to imprisonment.

Following the charges, Legros was handed a 90-day Administrative Driver’s Licence Suspension (ADLS) and a seven-day vehicle impoundment. He has since been released from custody and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Sioux Lookout on August 22, 2023.

Under Canada’s legal system all accused are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Commitment to Road Safety

The OPP continues to enforce road safety through programs like RIDE, aiming to reduce impaired driving and educate the public about its dangers. The OPP reminds citizens that if they suspect a driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they should immediately report the incident by dialing 9-1-1.

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