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55th impaired driver charged by Nipissing West OPP

A Sudbury man is facing charges after police say he refused to comply with a breathalyzer test.

West Nipissing OPP says that shortly before 5 on Sunday they were patrolling Highway 69. An officer observed a vehicle in their review mirror speeding and confirmed it by radar.

The vehicle then allegedly caught-up to the officer, and sped past the cruiser with a sudden lane change, forcing the officer to take evasive action to avoid a crash. Police say the vehicle continued speeding, passing other vehicles and driving erratically.

After stopping the vehicle and speaking with the driver, the officer concluded the accused had consumed alcohol. The driver refused to comply with a breath sample, and the driver was subsequently arrested.

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The 47-year-old was charged with:

Failure or Refusal to Comply with Demand, contrary to section 320.15(1) of the Criminal Code (CC);
Speeding, contrary to section 128 of the Highway Traffic Act (HTA); and
Fail to Signal – Lane Change, contrary to section 142(1) of the HTA.

He was released on an undertaking and is scheduled to appear in Sudbury court early December. He is the 55th driver charged for impaired in the Nipissing West detachment area in 2020.

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