Fort Frances Driver Faces Multiple Charges After Late-Night Traffic Stop

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Ontario Provincial Police

Local OPP Enforces Road Safety, Arrests Prohibited Driver for Impairment

FORT FRANCES, ON – In a late-night operation, the Fort Frances division of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has taken decisive action against impaired driving by arresting a local resident on several charges. This incident underscores the ongoing efforts by law enforcement to ensure road safety within the community.

Impaired Operation Leads to Immediate Arrest

The arrest occurred in the early hours of March 6, 2024, when OPP officers identified a motorist, already banned from driving in Canada, operating a vehicle near a local Co-op gas station. Upon conducting a traffic stop, officers initiated an investigation that confirmed the driver’s impaired condition. The individual, identified as 49-year-old Michael McCabe of Fort Frances, was subsequently taken to the OPP detachment. There, McCabe failed to provide a necessary breath sample to a qualified technician.

Charges and Penalties

McCabe now faces charges under the Criminal Code for Operating While Impaired by Alcohol and Drugs, Operating While Prohibited, and Failing or Refusing to Comply with a Demand. Following the charges, a 90-day Administrative Driver’s Licence Suspension (ADLS) and a 7-day Vehicle Impoundment were enforced, illustrating the serious consequences of such offences. McCabe is expected to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice on April 8, 2024, to respond to these charges.

OPP’s Commitment to Road Safety

The OPP reiterates its dedication to maintaining safe roads and urges the public to report any suspicions of impaired driving. Community members can assist by calling 1-888-310-1122 or using the emergency 911 service for immediate concerns.

Anonymous tips can be directed to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or through their website at www.ontariocrimestoppers.ca. This case serves as a reminder of the collective responsibility to prevent impaired driving and protect community well-being.

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