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Tips from public lead to impaired charges for two local drivers

A 39-year-old male from Midland and a 48-year-old female from Tay Township have been charged with impaired driving, say OPP
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After noticing suspicious driving activity recently, several community members made calls to the Ontario Provincial Police Communications Centre that resulted in two local drivers being investigated for impaired driving offences.

Officers from the  Southern Georgian Bay Detachment responded at approximately 7:07 p.m. April 21, 2022 to a driving complaint on Davis Drive in Tay Township. After the lone driver was spoken to, officers commenced an impaired driving investigation resulting in Lesa Marlene Smith, 48, of Tay Township being charged with Operation while impaired - alcohol and further with Operation while impaired - blood alcohol concentration (80 plus) contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada.

Second Incident

At approximately 12:16 p.m. April 24, 2022 officers responded to several driving complaints from within the Town of Midland and also on Highway 12 resulting in the suspect vehicle being stopped on Highway 93,Tiny Township. After speaking with the lone driver, an impaired driving investigation was commenced resulting in Matthew Leclair, 39, of Midland being charged with Operation while impaired - drugs and further with Failure or refusal to comply with demand contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada.

The accused persons were both released from custody on a recognizance to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice  on May 5, 2022 and also face a drivers licence suspension of 90 days and their vehicles were towed and impounded for 7 days as per the Ministry of Transportation (ADLS) guidelines.

Educating the public about safe driving practices with our community safety partners is a priority, if you see a possible impaired driver or operator please "Make the Call" and dial 911 and help prevent a crash. If you are heading out on the town or on the trails, please make a plan to get home safely.