SIOUX LOOKOUT – A suspended Sioux Lookout driver is facing charges following an incident last week.
According to a release, Lac Seul Police Service observed a 2019 Ford Escape on Thursday, Oct. 7 around 7:37 a.m. being operated in the area of First Avenue in Sioux Lookout.
Officers were aware that the individual inside was a suspended driver who was currently awaiting trial for operation while impaired.
Police say they followed the motor vehicle and the driver was questioned as they exited the vehicle.
The driver was unable to provide a driver’s license when asked, and became agitated while showing signs of impairment.
The driver refused to comply with officers and resisted by screaming and pulling away.
Sioux Lookout Provincial Police Service officers attended the scene to assist in the arrest.
The driver was placed under arrest and transported to Sioux Lookout OPP Detachment for further tests.
During a search of the vehicle, officers located and seized a bag of crystal methamphetamine with a street value of approximately $40, as well as $100 cash and drug paraphernalia.
As a result of the investigation, a 34-year-old of Sioux Lookout was charged with operation while impaired - alcohol and drugs, theft of motor vehicle, resist peace officer, possession of a schedule I substance – methamphetamine, driving while under suspension, failure or refusal to comply with demand.
The accused was released on Form 10 to attend Sioux Lookout Provincial Court on Dec. 7, 2021 to answer to the charges.
Motorists who drive impaired by alcohol or drugs are subject to driver's license suspensions, fines, vehicle impoundments, criminal records and increased insurance costs.
The OPP is committed to safety for all who utilize Ontario's roadways. Members of the public are urged to report impaired driving by calling 911 in emergency situations. Complaints of impaired, aggressive or careless driving can also be made by calling 1-888-310-1122 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.