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Police stop suspected impaired driver, vehicle rolls away

A concerned driver called OPP after he witnessed the accused swerve and strike a curve
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Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Bracebridge Detachment arrested an impaired driver thanks to the efforts of a concerned member of the public.

Shortly after 6 p.m. on April 13, police received a call from a concerned driver regarding a suspected impaired driver after he was witnessed swerving and striking a curb. Police responded and were able to locate the suspect vehicle on Cedar Lane north of Taylor Road.

The driver stopped the vehicle but forgot to put it in park. While officers were speaking with him, the vehicle began to roll away. The vehicle was stopped and safely put into park.

The male driver was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while impaired by a drug.

Charged with Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle under the Criminal Code, Operating without Insurance under the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act, Novice Driver with the Presence of Drug and Driving in Contravention of Conditions under the Highway Traffic Act is 24-year-old James Clarke of Bracebridge.

James Clarke will appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Bracebridge on May 7 2019 to answer to his charges. This is another excellent example of both the community and the police working together to keep our streets safe. The OPP extend their appreciation to the engaged community members that reached out to help. If you observe or suspect someone is driving dangerously or impaired by alcohol or drug, please contact the police at either 1(888) 310-1122 or 911.