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Iron Bridge driver charged after near-crash in Blind River: OPP

Complaints of a near-crash have led to impaired driving charges for a 40-year-old Iron Bridge resident. The driver is also accused of driving with a suspended license, resulting in a 45 day vehicle impoundment.
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Complaints of a near-crash have led to impaired driving charges for a 40-year-old Iron Bridge resident.

The driver is also accused of driving with a suspended license, resulting in a 45 day vehicle impoundment.

The passenger in the car has also been charged with failing to comply with their release order, according to a press release issued by the Ontario Provincial Police.

The full text from the OPP reads as follows:

On Aug. 1, 2021, shortly after 5:00 p.m., members from the East Algoma Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a traffic complaint of a possible impaired driver who almost had a collision with another vehicle on Causley Street in the Town of Blind River.

A short time later police located the car at a parking lot on Causley Street. Further investigation by a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) was completed and as a result the driver, Patricia St. Louis 40 years of age from the Municipality from Iron Bridge was charged with:

  •  Operation while impaired - blood drug concentration, contrary to section 320.14(1)(c) of the Criminal Code
  • Failure or refusal to comply with demand, contrary to section 320.15(1) of the CC
  • Operation while prohibited under the Criminal Code, contrary to section 320.18(1)(a) of the CC
  • Failure to comply with undertaking, contrary to section 145(4)(a) of the CC

The accused is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Blind River on September 7, 2021. 

The accused was previously under a driver's licence suspension and the vehicle was impounded for 45 days.

The car passenger was in breach of conditions and as a result, Robert Corbiere, 55 years of age from Thessalon First Nation was charged with: 

  • Failure to comply with release order - other than to attend court, contrary to section 145(5)(a) of the CC

The accused appeared before the Ontario Court of Justice Video Bail in Blind River on Aug. 2, 2021 and was remanded into custody.