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Seven charged with impaired driving

A number of drivers in the area were charged with impaired driving in January and early February. — file photo
A number of drivers in the area were charged with impaired driving in January and early February.
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Officers with the Russell County detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have charged at least seven motorists with impaired driving over the past month.

Some of the motorists, who were charged between January 12 and February 7, faced additional charges related to alcohol or drug use, or other driving offences. None of the charges have yet been proven in a court of law.

A driver was pulled over on Limoges Road in Limoges just after 1:30 a.m. on January 12 and tested for alcohol and drugs. Michael Joseph, 38, of Ottawa was charged with operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus), operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs, drive without proper rear light, and drivers fail to surrender license.

Another Ottawa driver was charged four days later on County Road 17 in Clarence Rockland. Police said they responded to a single-vehicle collision on the road at about 5:45 a.m. on January 16, but found there were no injuries. Lena Spence was charged with operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs, operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus) and failure to comply with release order – other than to attend court.

Three days later, police said they responded to another single-vehicle collision, this time on Ste-Marie Road in Embrun. There were no injuries, but 26-year-old Marilyne Marie Rejeanne Delorme was charged with alcohol and drugs, and operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus).

On January 22, police pulled a vehicle over on St-Jean Road in Rockland at about 12:30 a.m. Officers charged Christopher Lacasse, 38, of Rockland with operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus), operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs, operation while prohibited, novice driver – B.A.C. above zero, disobey stop sign – fail to stop, and class G1 licence holder – unaccompanied by qualified driver.

Police responded to another incident in Rockland a week later, this time in response to a traffic complaint at a Richelieu Street business. Daniel Besner, 64, was charged with operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs, and operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus).

A driver in Clarence-Rockland sustained minor injuries in a single-vehicle collision along Du Lac Road on February 6. The driver was taken to hospital as a precaution. Alexandre Daoust, 31, of Gatineau was charged with operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs, operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus), and drive motor vehicle – no license.

The next day, police said they conducted a wellbeing check on a driver at Principale Street business in Limoges just before 9 p.m. Kelsey Jane Blaney, 29, of Maxville, was charged with operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration, operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs and having care or control of a motor vehicle with liquor readily available.

The motorists’ licenses were suspended for 90 days and their vehicles were impounded for seven days. All were due to face the Ontario Court of Justice in L’Orignal at a later date.