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OPP Police Press Releases Shuniah

Joseph RITOLA Was Arrested

(SHUNIAH, ON) – A single motor vehicle collision leaves one person with a lengthy list of charges for impaired operation.

On June 14, 2024, at approximately 8:15 p.m., members of the Thunder Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and Emergency Medical Services responded to a single motor vehicle collision on Lakeshore Drive in Shuniah.

Through investigation, it was determined that the driver was impaired by alcohol. The driver was subsequently placed under arrest and transported to the Thunder Bay OPP Detachment for further testing.

As a result, Joseph RITOLA, 28-years-old, of Thunder Bay has been arrested and charged under the Criminal Code, Highway Traffic Act, and Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act with:

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

·        Operation While Impaired – Alcohol and Drugs

·        Dangerous Operation

·        Operation While Prohibited under the Criminal Code

·        Operate a Motor Vehicle Without Insurance

·        Use Plate not Authorized for Vehicle

The accused has been released from custody and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Thunder Bay on August 28, 2024.

There were no serious injuries reported to police as a result of the collision.

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 under the influence of alcohol or drugs, it is important to call 9-1-1 to report it.