Officers from the Hawkesbury detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) stopped a vehicle travelling from Quebec into Ontario at the border checkpoint at about 7:50 a.m. on Tuesday. In a statement, the police said the driver was taken to the detachment for further testing after an investigation found they were affected by drugs or alcohol.
Maxime Levesque, 27, of Montreal was charged with operating a motor vehicle while impaired – alcohol and drugs – and drive vehicle or boat with cannabis readily available. He was released and is due to face the Ontario Court of Justice in L’Orignal on May 12. His license was suspended for 90 days and the vehicle was towed and impounded.
None of the charges have been proven in court. The OPP continues to patrol border crossings into Ontario as part of a COVID-19 lockdown measure the government imposed on Monday. The Sûreté du Québec is conducting a similar enforcement campaign for vehicles travelling from Ontario into Quebec.