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Local police officers have been busy apprehending impaired drivers over the past two weeks.

Shortly before 1 a.m. on Feb. 7, members of the Rainy River District Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were called to investigate a collision. The driver was transported to the Fort Frances Detachment where a Drug Recognition Expert conducted a 12 step systematic evaluation. After performing poorly on the evaluation, a 22 year old Fort Frances man has been charged criminally with Operate Conveyance while ability impaired by drugs or alcohol.

Just hours later, OPP officers were called to investigate a complaint of erratic driving that led a member of the public to believe the driver was impaired. Officers conducted a traffic stop to conducted an investigation. The driver was arrested for impaired operation. It was also suspected that the driver was under the influence of a drug.

The driver was transported to the Fort Frances Detachment for an expert 12 step systematic evaluation.

After performing poorly on the evaluation, the 38-year-old Fort Frances man was charged criminally with Impaired Operation of a Conveyance - Drug or Alcohol and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Shortly after 1 a.m. on Feb. 15, an OPP officer conducted a traffic stop with a driver who was driving erratically. As a result of the investigation, a 52 year old Rainy River man has been charged criminally with Operate Conveyance while ability impaired by drugs or alcohol and Operate Conveyance with 80 or more milligrams of alcohol in 100 ml of blood.

Later in Fort Frances, shortly after 2 p.m. on Feb. 18, OPP officers conducted a traffic stop with a driver suspected of being suspended. An investigation was conducted involving an approved roadside screening device. As a result, a 57-year-old Fort Frances man has been charged criminally with Operate Conveyance with 80 or more milligrams of alcohol in 100 ml of blood. He has also been charged for Driving while suspended and Operating a motor vehicle with no insurance.

Anyone witnessing a driver suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol can call police at 9-1-1.

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