(FORT FRANCES , ON) – On May 3, 2019, at approximately 2:54 PM, members of the Rainy River District Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received two complaints of possible impaired driver in on Highway 11-71 in La Vallee Township.
A member of the detachment immediately attended the area, and located the vehicle parked in the middle of Vandrunen Road. The officer made observations of the male and determined that he had alcohol in his body. The male became combative with police, was removed from the vehicle and taken into police custody. He was transported to the detachment, where he underwent further tests.
As a result of the investigation, Thomas ROEN, 51 years of age, of Fort Frances, has been charged with the following offences contrary to the Criminal Code:
- Operation while Impaired – alcohol or drugs, contrary to section 320.14(1)(a),
- Operation while Impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus), contrary to section 320.14(1)(b),
- Resist peace officer, contrary to section 129(a).
The accused was released on a Promise to Appear and is scheduled to attend court at the Fort Frances Ontario Court of Justice on May 27, 2019.
On May 1, 2019, at approximately 3:50 PM, a member of the Rainy River District Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was conducting patrols in the Township of Emo.
The officer conducted a vehicle stop in a back alley adjacent to Front Street in Emo. The officer had a conversation with driver, and suspected that the male had alcohol in his body. Tests were conducted at the roadside, and as a result, the driver was arrested and transported to the detachment, where he underwent further testing.
As a result of the investigation, James ASPLUND, 36 years of age, of Emo has been charged with:
- Operation of a Conveyance, Blood Alcohol Concentration over 80 Milligrams contrary to section 320.14(1)(b) of the Criminal Code.
The accused was released on a Promise to Appear and is scheduled to attend court at the Fort Frances Ontario Court of Justice on May 21, 2019.
Anyone with photos of the accused are asked to send them to email@example.com.
The OPP would like to remind the public that Impaired driving remains the leading cause of criminal death in Canada. We rely on the public to report crime and impaired driving is a crime that should be treated no differently. If you suspect that someone is driving or about to drive impaired, call 9-1-1 and report it.
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