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Drunk driver blocks Manitoulin swing bridge

Officers found the vehicle stopped on the one-lane swing bridge
OPP cruiser
Image from the OPP.

We've seen traffic backed up on the Manitoulin Island swing bridge before, but it's usually caused by high summertime volume.

Not this time.

Yesterday officers from the Manitoulin-Espanola Detachment of the OPP responded to a report of a vehicle blocking traffic on the swing bridge on Highway 6 in Little Current.

 At approximately 10:50 p.m., officers found the vehicle stopped on the one-lane swing bridge. Investigation revealed that the driver had been consuming alcoholic beverages.

As a result, Samantha Dame, 31, of Sault Ste. Marie has been charged with:

  • Driving While Ability Impaired by Alcohol, and with
  • Driving With Over 80 mg of Alcohol in Blood.

Dame is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Gore Bay, Ontario on August 14, 2018.