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Drivers facing charges


On Tuesday at 4:50 p.m., Rainy River District OPP officers responded to the report of a motor-vehicle collision near the intersection of Shortreed Road and King’s Highway 11 in Watten Township.

After speaking with the driver, it was determined she had been drinking.

The 51-year-old Fort Frances woman subsequently was arrested.

The vehicle was towed from the scene and impounded for seven days.

The driver was taken to Fort Frances detachment and subsequently charged with impaired driving and having a blood alcohol level over 80 mg following the results of breathalyzer tests.

She will appear in court here Dec. 14.

Meanwhile, just after noon yesterday, the Rainy River District OPP received a traffic complainant on a motor vehicle on Highway 621 in the Morson area.

Officers located the vehicle on Highway 621.

The driver, a 36-year-old Morson woman, failed the roadside test and was arrested and taken to OPP detachment for breath tests.

She subsequently was charged with having a blood alcohol level over .08 mg and driving without a licence.

She will appear in court in Rainy River on Jan. 27.

The vehicle was towed from the scene and impounded for the mandatory seven days.

In related news, police reported the driver has been charged in a single-vehicle collision on Highway 11 east of Fort Frances, near The Great Bear, early Tuesday morning.

The driver, who received minor injuries after striking a rock cut around 2 a.m., was charged with careless driving.

The vehicle was fully engulfed in flames when members of the Watten Fire Department, OPP, and Rainy River District EMS responded to the scene.

The highway was closed for less than 30 minutes.

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