2 More Drunk Drivers – Names Released

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(PEMBROKE, ON) – Two local drivers are facing Criminal Code (CC) impaired driving charges after members of the Upper Ottawa Valley (UOV) Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) recently investigated two separate incidents.

On April 2, 2024, at approximately 4:00 p.m., police responded to a report of a possible impaired driver in the City of Pembroke. Police located the vehicle on Bell Street in Pembroke. As part of the investigation a Standard Field Sobriety Test (SFST) was conducted, and the driver was transported to the detachment for further testing. Police also seized open liquor from the vehicle.  

As a result of this incident 35-year-old Krista FORSTER of Pembroke is charged with the following CC offences:

•             Operation while impaired – alcohol

•             Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration 80mg plus

•             Having care or control of a motor vehicle with an open container of liquor

The accused was released to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Pembroke on April 30, 2024.

On April 10, 2024, at approximately 12:30 a.m., police responded to a single-vehicle collision on Highway 17 between Perry Hill Road and Oattes Road in Whitewater Region Township. Preliminary investigation indicates the westbound passenger vehicle left the roadway and rolled. The driver, who was the lone occupant, sustained minor injuries.  As part of the investigation a Roadside Screening Device was utilized, and the driver was transported to the detachment for further testing.   

As a result of this incident 23-year-old Rachel BURGESS of Petawawa is charged with the following CC offences:

·        Operation while impaired – alcohol

·        Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration 80mg plus

·        Novice driver – BAC above zero

The accused was released to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Pembroke on May 7, 2024.

Both accused individuals had their driver’s licence suspended for 90 days and their vehicles were towed and impounded for seven days.