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Off-duty OPP officer accused of impaired driving in Tiny

Police say the driver was stopped after a traffic complaint
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TINY TOWNSHIP - On Friday, Jan. 29, 2021, at approximately 11:30 p.m. members from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Southern Georgian Bay Detachment responded to a traffic complaint of a possible impaired driver on Concession Road 15 West in Tiny Township.

The officers located the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop. As a result of the investigation, the driver was placed under arrest for operation of a motor vehicle while impaired and transported to an OPP Detachment where further breath tests were conducted.

As a result, Matthew Melchiorre, 26, of Elliot Lake, has been charged with:

  • Operation while impaired, and
  • Operation while impaired - blood alcohol concentration over 80 mg.

The driver was issued a 90-day administrative driver's licence suspension (ADLS) and the vehicle was impounded for seven days. The accused is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Midland on Feb. 18, 2021 to answer to the charges.

The accused is a provincial constable with the OPP and is currently in his first year of service at East Algoma Detachment.