Alleged impaired driver causes near head-on collisions on County Rd. 43

The SD&G OPP sign at detachment headquarters in Long Sault. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

NORTH DUNDAS —  An Ottawa resident faces impaired driving charges after a vehicle was observed nearly causing several head-on collisions in North Dundas on Oct. 17.

Responding to a complaint about the poor driving behaviour, SD&G OPP officers intercepted the motorist on County Rd. 43 shortly before 4 p.m. Further Investigation revealed the individual behind the wheel was under the influence of alcohol, according to the detachment.

The SD&G OPP report the arrest of Marissa Cooper, 21, of Ottawa, in connection with the incident. Cooper is charged under the Criminal Code with operation while impaired — alcohol and drugs; and operation while impaired — blood alcohol concentration plus 80. She also faces Highway Traffic Act charges for being a novice driver with a blood-alcohol level above zero and for failing to surrender her licence. A Liquor Licence Act charge of driving with an open container of liquor was also applied against the accused.

She was released to appear Dec. 1 in Morrisburg court.

The incident has the SD&G OPP thanking the concerned citizens for reporting what they saw. The detachment also reminds the public that a 90-day automatic driver’s licence suspension and a seven day vehicle impoundment accompanies any impaired driving charge. And that’s before the court process even begins.

 

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