News OPP lay four impaired driving-related charges in region SHARE ON: Rocco Frangione, staff Tuesday, Aug. 13th, 2019 (Supplied by OPP) A 52-year-old Wahnapitae man faces numerous charges connected with driving an e-bike on Highway 17. OPP was first told that a person was driving a modified power-assisted bike from Wahnapitae to Sudbury daily. While patrolling the Coniston area, police saw someone on an e-bike and noticed it was missing its pedals. Police say this modification made the e-bike a motor vehicle and they stopped the driver. Under the Highway Traffic Act, removing pedals from an e-bike no longer makes it a power-assisted bicycle. As a result, the vehicle becomes illegal and a driver can be ticketed for operating a motor vehicle without insurance or registration. In this instance, police ended up charging the driver with impaired, driving while prohibited and three counts of driving while suspended. The man was also charged with driving without insurance, failing to stop and having plates not authorized for the e-bike. The impaired offence was one of four area OPP laid in the span of three days. In Sturgeon Falls, Nipissing West OPP charged a man from Dallas, Texas with impaired operation. Officers were alerted to the American after getting a call about a possible impaired driver leaving a store in Sturgeon Falls. The vehicle was stopped on Front Street in the community. The next two incidents involving impaired drivers came as a result of separate collisions on Highway 17 in Wahnapitae and Highway 144. In the Highway 144 matter, a vehicle went off the roadway and into a ditch. The female driver, a 69-year-old resident of Sudbury, wasn’t hurt but police charged her with dangerous operation and impaired operation of a vehicle. Meanwhile, in the Wahnapitae collision, police say a man hit a guard rail but also escaped injury. A 44-year-old Sudbury man is looking at impaired-related charges. All four drivers have lost their licences for 90 days.