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Yesterday around 11 p.m., members of the Greenstone OPP were conducting a R.I.D.E. check on Highway 11 at the Highway 584 turn-off in Geraldton when a tractor-trailer unit came through the checkpoint.

Based on driving behaviour, along with a number of other indicators, police soon developed grounds to believe the driver was impaired by drugs.

The driver was arrested and transported to the Greenstone OPP detachment, where he provided samples of his breath and also was evaluated by an officer trained as a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE).

As a result, a 51-year-old Armstrong man was charged with driving while ability impaired by drug and possession of a schedule II substance (marijuana).

He is to appear in court Nov. 16 in Geraldton.

On Tuesday around 4:40 p.m., meanwhile, the Greenstone OPP received a call from a tow truck operator reporting a possible impaired driver.

The tow truck operator had come across a tractor-trailer unit that had become stuck when it sunk into the soft shoulder on the westbound side of Highway 11 at the district line between the communities of Hearst and Greenstone.

Police attended the scene and soon detected signs of intoxication from the tractor-trailer driver.

The driver, a 61-year-old male from Saint-Urbain-Premier, Que., was transported to the Greenstone OPP detachment to provide breath samples.

He subsequently was charged with having care and control of a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol and having a blood alcohol level over 80 mg.

He is to appear in court Nov. 2 in Geraldton.

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