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Man drinking alcohol on the tailgate of his truck charged with impaired

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Police tipped to an impaired driver on Highway 17

A man drinking alcohol on the shoulder of Highway 17 has been charged by OPP.

On October 22 at 12:50 p.m. East Algoma OPP got a tip of a possible impaired driver on Highway 17 and Highway 129 west of Blind river.

The complainant reported a pick-up truck almost colliding with them. The complainant followed the truck as it crossed the centre line numerous times. 

A vehicle and driver description, as well as location, were provided to the police and a short time after, police found the now-parked vehicle on Yates Laneway and Highway 17. The male driver was drinking an alcoholic beverage on the tailgate of the truck. As a result, the driver was arrested and the vehicle was towed and impounded. 

Jason Larkin, 50, from Johnson Township, east of the Soo, is charged with:

  • Operation while impaired 
  • Operation while impaired - blood alcohol concentration (80 plus)

Larkin is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Blind River on December 2.

Police say if you see a suspected impaired driver, dial 911.