Sault OPP lay Impaired charges

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On July 4, 2024, shortly after 9:00 a.m., members from the Sault Ste Marie Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) with the assistance from Batchewana First Nation Police Service responded to a car in a ditch on Highway 17B between Anishinawbe Point Road (Garden River First Nation) and Church Steet within McDonald-Meredith-Aberdeen Additional Township.

Investigation determined the car was eastbound on Highway 17B, veered off the roadway onto the right shoulder, over corrected and crossed both lanes entered the bush on the north side of the highway and collided with an embankment. 

The driver was arrested for impaired driving. Arrangements were made for a Drug Recognition Expert from the Sault Ste Marie Police Service to meet at OPP detachment to assist with further testing.

As a result, Cassandra Pinnell, 29 years-of-age from Sault Ste Marie was charged with: 

  • Operation while impaired-alcohol and drugs
  • Fail to surrender permit for vehicle

The accused is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Sault Ste Marie on August 12, 2024.

The driver was issued a 90-day Administrative Driver’s Licence Suspension, and the vehicle was impounded for seven days.

Also On July 4, 2024, members from the Sault Ste Marie Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were on patrol duties on Highway 17 within the community of Garden River First Nation.  

Shortly before 11:30 p.m., police observed a westbound vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed on Highway 17 and attempted a traffic stop. The small car ignored the emergency lights and accelerated towards the City of Sault Ste Marie.  

At the City limits was another OPP cruiser that was successful in initiating a traffic stop of the suspect car. The Batchewana First Nation Police Service attended the scene and assisted OPP with traffic control. While speaking to the driver police determined alcohol had been consumed and the driver was subsequently arrested and transported to Sault Ste Marie OPP detachment for further testing.

As a result, Christopher COLE, 31 years-of-age from Sault Ste Marie was charged with: 

  • Operation while impaired-blood alcohol concentration (80 plus)
  • Operation while impaired-alcohol and drugs

The accused is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Sault Ste Marie on July 29, 2024.

The driver was issued a 90-day Administrative Driver’s Licence Suspension, and the vehicle was impounded for seven days.

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