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Vehicle drives through red light and hits rock cut, impaired charge laid

The female driver was not injured
File photo courtesy of OPP



ELLIOT LAKE - On July 8, 2017 at 10:13 p.m., the East Algoma Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) members received a call of a motor vehicle that drove through an intersection on a red light at Hillside Drive South and Highway 108, in the City of Elliot Lake. The vehicle collided with a rock cut where it came to rest.

The female driver was not injured. Police attended the scene and spoke to the female. A strong odour alcohol was detected emanating from her breath. 

Subsequently, the female was arrested, driver's license suspended, and the vehicle was towed and impounded.

Almidora Rizzo, 48 years of age, from Elliot Lake, was charged with:

  • Driving while ability Impaired - motor vehicle (Alcohol), contrary to section 253(1)(a) of the Criminal Code (CC)
  • Driving while more than 80 mgs. of Alcohol in blood, contrary to section 253(1)(b) of the CC
  • Red light - fail to stop, contrary to section 144(18) of the Highway Traffic Act (HTA)

The accused is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Elliot Lake on Aug. 1, 2017.

The OPP remind motorists that no amount of alcohol or drug is acceptable to consume and drive. Report impaired drivers. Should you observe a suspected impaired driver, please dial 911 or contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122.