A 49-year-old Cache Bay man is facing impaired and drug possession charges.

Nipissing West OPP says that on Sept. 13 before midnight, they received several traffic complaints regarding a possible impaired driver travelling west on Highway 17, west of North Bay.

Officers say they observed the vehicle on the highway and attempted to stop it just east of Sturgeon Falls, but the driver failed to stop. They then attempted to perform a tandem stop but the vehicle swerved onto the shoulder and continued to flee. Officers then terminated the pursuit.

Not long after, police located the driver sitting in the vehicle, parked on his property in Cache Bay. He was then arrested.

OPP says it seized quantity drugs suspected to be Methamphetamine and Percocet.

Investigation revealed the driver was also under the influence of a drug.

The man has been charged with:

Operation While Impaired – Alcohol and Drugs, contrary to section 320.14(1)(a) of the Criminal Code (CC);
Flight From Peace Officer, contrary to section 320.17 of the CC;
Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance – Methamphetamine (two counts), contrary to section 4(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA);
Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance – Opioid (other than heroin), contrary to section 4(1) of the CDSA; and
Dangerous Operation, contrary to section 320.13(1) of the CC.

He was released on an appearance notice and is scheduled to appear in Sturgeon Falls Court on November 5.

He was issued a 90-day licence suspension, and the vehicle was impounded for seven days.

This charge also marks the 43rd driver charged for impaired in the Nipissing West Detachment area in 2020.