Thunder Bay OPP Arrests Individual for Impaired Driving After Collision

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Impaired Driving Incident on Highway 11/17 Leads to Arrest

THUNDER BAY – NEWS – The Thunder Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has reported the arrest of 62-year-old Janine Lafontaine from Thunder Bay, following a motor vehicle collision on Highway 11/17.

Details of the Incident

  • Date and Time: November 5, 2023, just before 1:30 p.m.
  • Location: Highway 11/17, Thunder Bay
  • Event: Two-vehicle collision, no injuries reported
  • Response: Driver fled the scene, later located by Thunder Bay Police Service

Charges and Legal Implications

Janine Lafontaine faces several charges under the Criminal Code of Canada:

  1. Operation While Impaired – Alcohol and Drugs: This charge implies operating a vehicle while one’s ability to do so is impaired by alcohol or drugs. Conviction could result in a fine, license suspension, or imprisonment.
  2. Operation While Impaired – Blood Alcohol Concentration (80 plus): This charge is laid when the driver’s blood alcohol concentration is over 80 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood. Penalties include fines, driving prohibition, and possible jail time.
  3. Failure to Stop After Accident: This charge involves leaving the scene of an accident without providing contact information or assisting anyone injured. It can result in severe penalties including fines, imprisonment, and a driving ban.

Court Appearance and Public Safety Reminder

  • Court Appearance: Scheduled for January 9, 2024, at the Ontario Court of Justice in Thunder Bay.
  • Public Safety: The OPP emphasizes the importance of public education and enforcement to prevent impaired driving. They urge the public to report suspected impaired driving by calling 9-1-1.
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