Impaired on Highway 638


(JOHNSON TOWNSHIP, ON) – On January 3, 2024, shortly after 11:00 a.m., members from the East Algoma Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Sault Ste Marie Detachment and Batchewana First Nation Police Service responded to multiple traffic complaints of a possible impaired driver in a pick-up truck travelling on Highway 638 in MacDonald-Meredith-Aberdeen Additional Township and continued onto Highway 17 within Johnson Township.

A short time later, police located the vehicle on Highway 17 near Fisher Road (Desbarats area) and initiated a traffic stop. While speaking to the driver officers determined alcohol had been consumed. The driver was subsequently arrested and transported to Sault Ste Marie OPP Detachment for further testing.

As a result, Frederick LESTER, 62 years-of-age from Sault Ste Marie was charged with:

  • Operation While Impaired-Alcohol and Drugs
  • Operation While Impaired-Blood Alcohol Concentration (80 plus)
  • Driving Motor Vehicle with Liquor Readily Available (two counts)

The accused is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Elliot Lake on February 1, 2024.

The pick-up truck was towed and impounded for seven days with the driver being issued a 90-day Administrative Drivers Licence Suspension. 

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