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Powassan RIDE stop nets drunk driver

The driver was also under suspension
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Breathalyzer fail. File photo

On January 22 at 6 p.m., North Bay OPP officers were conducting a R.I.D.E. checkpoint on Main Drive, in Powassan. 

A vehicle was stopped and it was determined that the driver was impaired by alcohol. The driver was arrested and taken to the North Bay detachment for further testing. 

Mathew Belford, 39, from Callander is charged with:

  • Operation while impaired - blood alcohol concentration (80 plus)
  • Adult driving while under suspension

The accused was released on an Appearance Notice and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice on February 15, 2022 in North Bay.

The accused was issued a 90 day Administrative Driver's Licence Suspension the vehicle was impounded for seven days.

Police officers in the lawful exercise of their powers can demand a breath sample at the roadside from any driver they stop to determine the individual's Blood Alcohol Concentration. If a driver fails the test or refuses to take it, they can be immediately suspended from driving and face criminal impaired driving or related charges.