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Driver facing charges

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Shortly before 2 a.m. on Monday, a member of the Rainy River District OPP observed a traffic-related infraction in the area of Airport Road in Atikokan.

The officer tried to stop vehicle but it fled, and the officer did not pursue.

The vehicle was located a short time later and an investigation was conducted.

It was determined to be stolen.

As a result, a 19-year-old Atikokan man has been charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle, care or control of a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level over .08 mg, and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

He also was charged with taking a vehicle without consent and flight from police.

He will appear in court in Atikokan on Aug. 9 at 10 a.m.

The teen also was charged with driving while under suspension.

He will appear in court to face that charge on July 27 at 11 a.m.

Members of the public are urged to report impaired driving by calling 9-1-1 in emergency situations.

Complaints of impaired, aggressive, or careless driving also can be made by calling 1-888-310-1122.

If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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