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Call from citizen leads to impaired charge for Ramara driver

Police say the driver was pumping gas on Sunday morning when the citizen called about concerns the driver was impaired
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Members of the Orillia detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), acting on a tip from the public, have arrested and charged a male with impaired driving in the City of Orillia.

On Nov. 1, 2020, at approximately 10:40 a.m., police received a call from a concerned citizen regarding a male driver who was pumping gas at a West Street north gas station, who the caller believed to be impaired.

Officers patrolled the area extensively but did not immediately locate the vehicle.

Approximately 11:20 a.m., the vehicle was found in a nearby business parking lot and officers commenced an impaired driving investigation. With the assistance of an OPP Drug Recognition Expert (DRE), the investigation led to the arrest of the driver.

As a result, James McConnell, age 45, of Ramara has been charged with operation while impaired - drugs, contrary to section 320.14(1)(a) of the Criminal Code.

The accused was released on a Form 10 undertaking and is set to appear on Jan. 12, 2020 at the Ontario Court of Justice, Orillia.

The Orillia OPP would like to thank everyone who share the responsibility of keeping our roads, trails and waterways safe by reporting impaired drivers.We are committed to serving our province by protecting its citizens, upholding the law and preserving public safety.

If you have any information about crime in our community please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or report minor occurrences online by visiting

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