Impaired driver faces charges after slamming vehicle into residence

The collision caused significant property damage, according to police

A 29-year-old with excessive blood drug concentration faces multiple charges after driving into a property in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

Patrol officers with the Sault Ste. Marie Police took custody of the man after responding to reports of a single-vehicle collision around midnight on Nov. 19.

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Officers spoke with the person identified as the truck driver and, upon doing so, “developed grounds to believe the accused’s ability to operate a motor vehicle was impaired.”

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Following the incident, the individual has been charged with dangerous operation of a vehicle, operation while impaired by alcohol and/or drug and operation while impaired with excessive blood drug concentration.

The drug-alone hybrid offence applies if the THC per ml of blood is over 5 ng. And a hybrid offence applies if both THC and any detectable level of eight other impairing drugs are measured. These drugs include cocaine, LSD, 6-MAM (a metabolite of heroin), ketamine, phencyclidine (PCP), psilocybin, psilocin and methamphetamine, the information adds.

As is the case for alcohol-impaired driving, the mandatory minimum penalties for a hybrid offence is a $1,000 fine for a first offence, 30 days imprisonment for a second offence and 120 days imprisonment for a third offence.

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With regard to the incident in Sault Ste. Marie, the accused was later released on an appearance notice and is set to appear in court in January.

Officers found the person standing outside his vehicle, and upon speaking to the apparent driver, again was thought to be impaired. He refused to provide a breath sample into an approved device.

The accused has since been charged with operating a vehicle while impaired by alcohol and/or drug and refusing to comply with a police demand. He is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 9, 2023.

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