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Thief crashes car, then breaks into shed

He was able to eventually get the vehicle free and sped off
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Bonfield. Photo by Jeff Turl

A Papineau-Cameron Township man faces multiple charges after a break-in in Bonfield Saturday morning.

Around 6:30 a.m., North Bay OPP got a call about a break and enter in progress in Bonfield. The caller told police that a man had been in her shed, and then fled her property towards a vehicle that was stuck a ditch. He was able to eventually get the vehicle free and sped off.  

Police say he was looking for something to help get his car out but nothing was stolen. 

Officers found the vehicle on Boxwell Road in Bonfield with extensive front-end damage. 

Officers spoke to the driver and could smell alcohol on his breath. He was arrested for impaired driving at the scene and was brought to the North Bay Detachment for breath testing. 

The breath tests revealed that the driver had over the legal limit of alcohol in his blood.

Zachary Franson, 22, of Papineau-Cameron Township, was charged with:

  • Break and Enter a Place with Intent to Commit an Indictable Offence
  • Driving While Ability Impaired by Alcohol
  • Driving with More Than 80 mg of Alcohol in Blood and;
  • Drive Motor Vehicle - No Licence. 

Franson's licence was suspended for 90 days with an Administrative Driver's Licence Suspension, and the vehicle was impounded for seven days.