Speeding driver found to be impaired, on suspended licence

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 14:00
Incident Number
Thunder Bay
Date Published: 2020-02-25

A Thunder Bay Police Service officer was travelling Northbound on Cumberland Street at about 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 24 when he observed a vehicle travelling southbound at a high rate of speed.

The officer’s radar confirmed the vehicle was travelling nearly 75 km/h on a section of roadway with a maximum posted speed limit of 50 km/h.

The officer conducted a traffic stop, at which point the driver was informed they were pulled over for speeding.

The motorist told the officer he did not have a licence, and did not have any documents for the vehicle. The driver then told the officer that his licence was suspended for previously driving under suspension.

During this conversation the officer noticed several signs that the driver may be impaired by drugs.

Further investigation confirmed the driver was on a suspended licence, and also revealed the driver had outstanding warrants with the Thunder Bay Police Service.

The male was arrested by the police officer without incident.

A Drug Recognition Expert examined the motorist at the Thunder Bay Police Service headquarters and was able to determine that he was impaired by drug.

A 42-year-old Thunder Bay man is charged with Operation of a Motor Vehicle While Impaired by Drugs, Operation of a Motor Vehicle While Prohibited, and Breach of Probation.

He was released from custody with a future court appearance date. 


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