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RIDE check leads to charges for Ramara man

Driver, 62, facing impaired, cannabis charges
OPP Police on car turl 2016

Members of the Orillia detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have arrested and charged a Ramara citizen with impaired driving following a RIDE check in the City of Orillia.

On June 21, shortly after 10:30 p.m, officers were conducting a RIDE check on Atherley Road in Orillia. Upon the driver stopping for the RIDE check, officers commenced an impaired driving investigation. The driver was subsequently arrested and transported to the OPP detachment for further investigation.

As a result, Eric Lightfoot, 62 years of age, of Ramara, has been charged with operation while impaired (blood-alcohol concentration 80-plus), drive motor vehicle with open container of liquor, and care or control of a motor vehicle with cannabis readily available.

The accused was released on an undertaking and is set to appear on Aug. 2 at the Ontario Court of Justice, Orillia. His vehicle was impounded for seven days and he was issued an administrative driver’s licence suspension for 90 days.

Orillia OPP members have conducted over 200 RIDE checks on local highways, snowmobile trails, and waterways since Jan. 1.