The following is a news release from Ontario Provincial Police:
RIDE Program results in charges
On Sept. 19, 2017, officers at the North Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police were conducting a Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (RIDE) Program on Highway 17 in the City of North Bay.
At 12:24 a.m., a vehicle approached the RIDE Program. When the driver's window opened, an officer detected the odour of fresh marihuana emanating from the vehicle. The driver was placed under arrest for the possession of marijuana.
An officer conducted an investigation and, as a result, the driver, Mark Harrison, age 32, of East Ferris Township, was charged with the following:
- Possession of a Schedule II Substance - Cannabis Marijuana - Under 30 grams, contrary to Section 4(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA);
- Driving While Under Suspension, contrary to Section 53(1) of the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) and;
- Class G1 Licence Holder - Unaccompanied by Licenced Driver, contrary to HTA Ontario Regulation 340/94 5(1).
The accused was issued an Appearance Notice and two Provincial Offence Notices (PON) with a date to attend the Ontario Court of Justice in North Bay on Oct. 17, 2017.
Due to the nature of the suspension, the vehicle the accused was driving was also subject to a 7 day vehicle impoundment.