A drug-impaired senior citizen was taken off the road by an off-duty police officer this weekend.
At approximately 10:15 a.m. on Saturday, October 2, North Bay Police Service Constable Merv Shantz saw a man who appeared to be intoxicated while operating a motor vehicle, says a news release.
After following the accused and witnessing him driving erratically, a passenger driving with Constable Shantz called in a report to the police.
Shantz continued following the driver for a distance before pulling him over on Regina Street near Laurier Avenue.
"At this time, Constable Shantz began the process of arresting the accused," continues the release. "Police arrived shortly thereafter, arrested and charged the accused who had visible signs of impairment."
An Ontario Provincial Police Drug Recognition Evaluation Officer arrived and deemed the motorist to be impaired.
The driver is a 68-year old man from East Ferris, say police. He is charged with "Operation while impaired - Drugs." City police do not name impaired drivers.
He was released on an undertaking and is scheduled to appear at the North Bay District Courthouse on October 19.
Police say if you witness someone who is driving dangerously or appears to be impaired, pull over when it is safe to do so and call 9-1-1 or have a passenger call.
To assist police, try to remember:
- licence plate number
- colour of the vehicle
- direction of travel