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OPP Police Press Releases Thunder Bay

Darren ERICKSON – Drunk Driving

(THUNDER BAY, ON) – A R.I.D.E program in the City of Thunder Bay has led to impaired charges being laid.

On July 4, 2024, shortly before 1:30 a.m., members of the Thunder Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) conducted a R.I.D.E program on Huron Avenue. A vehicle entered the program, and an alcohol screening device was administered.

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 Thunder Bay OPP Detachment for further testing.

As a result, Darren ERICKSON, 54-years-old, of Thunder Bay has been arrested and charged under the Criminal Code with:

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

·        Operation While Impaired – Alcohol and Drugs

The accused has been released from custody and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Thunder Bay on August 21, 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 impaired by alcohol or drugs, it is important to call 9-1-1 to report it.

Drivers are reminded that the Mandatory Alcohol Screening law allows police with an approved alcohol screening device to demand a roadside breath sample from any lawfully stopped driver without having reasonable suspicion that a driver is alcohol impaired.