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On June 11 around 5 a.m., members of the Rainy River District OPP received a call of a stolen vehicle in the Town of Fort Frances.

Officers commenced an investigation and located a vehicle matching the description of the stolen vehicle at the intersection of Central Avenue and Third Street West.

The vehicle had struck a metal hydro pole, causing damage to the pole and to the vehicle.

No one remained at the scene of the collision.

Officers continued their investigation and located the vehicle owner at a local restaurant. Through their investigation, officers determined the man was under the influence of alcohol and was the vehicle driver.

He subsequently was arrested and transported to the Fort Frances OPP detachment, where further tests were conducted.

As a result of the investigation, a 31-year-old Big Grassy First Nation man was charged with impaired driving and driving with a blood alcohol level over .08 mg.

He was released on a promise to appear in court, which is scheduled for June 25 here.

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