Richard BIRD – Drunk Driving

(HALKIRK TOWNSHIP, ON) – An erratic driver has been arrested and charged for impaired operation.

On June 8, 2024, at approximately 10:45 a.m., members of the Rainy River District Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a traffic complaint of an erratic driver on Highway 11. Officers located the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop.

Through investigation, it was determined that the driver of the motor vehicle had been impaired by alcohol. The driver was subsequently placed under arrest and transported to the Rainy River District OPP Detachment for further testing.

As a result, Richard BIRD, 45-years-old, of Mine Centre, has been arrested and charged under the Criminal Code, Liquor Licence Control Act, and Highway Traffic Act with:

·        Operation While Impaired – Blood Alcohol Concentration (80 plus)

·        Driving Motor Vehicle with Liquor Readily Available

·        Driver Fail to Surrender Licence

The accused has been released from custody and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Fort Frances on July 8, 2024.

The OPP remains committed to taking alcohol/drug-impaired drivers off our roads through enforcement and public education. If you suspect that someone is driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, it is important to call 9-1-1 to report it.