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Driver accused of having open liquor, cannabis 'in plain view'

The traffic stop took place in Blind River
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On Feb. 24, 2020, members from the East Algoma Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were dispatched to a traffic complaint of a possible impaired driver on Highway 17 travelling westbound towards the Town of Blind River.

Shortly after 7 p.m., the vehicle was located east of the Town of Blind River near the junction of Highway 17 and Frampet Drive. While speaking to the driver the officers determined the driver had consumed alcohol. Police observed in plain view open liquor and suspected cannabis in the vehicle.

As a result, Dennis Doucette, 32-years-of-age, from Stayner, Ontario, has been charged with:

  • Operation while impaired - blood alcohol concentration (80 plus), contrary to section 320.14(1)(b) of the Criminal Code (CC);
  • Operation while impaired - alcohol and drugs, contrary to section 320.14(1)(a) CC;
  • Novice Driver-Blood Alcohol Concentration (B.A.C.) above Zero, contrary to section 44.1(3) of the Highway Traffic Act;
  • Driving motor vehicle with liquor readily available, contrary to section 32(1) of the Liquor Licence Act; and with
  • Drive vehicle or boat with cannabis readily available, contrary to section 12(1) of the Cannabis Control Act.

The accused was issued a 90-day Administrative Drivers Licence Suspension (ADLS), and the vehicle was impounded for seven days. The driver is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Blind River, Ontario on April 2, 2020.