Police say motorist traveling the wrong way on the North Bay Bypass was intoxicated

The vehicle was found abandoned on the shoulder of the highway and the driver fled on foot, leaving new footprints in the snow.

The Ontario Provincial Police have charged a North Bay man after a motorist drove the wrong way on Highway 11 near Lakeshore Drive.

At 12:46 a.m. yesterday, the North Bay Ontario Provincial Police responded to a complaint about contraflow traffic on the northbound lanes of Highway 11 near Lakeshore Drive, in North Bay.

The vehicle was found abandoned on the shoulder of the highway and the driver had fled on foot, leaving new footprints in the snow.

Open alcohol was seized inside the vehicle.

Police quickly located the driver and it was determined that the driver was impaired by alcohol. The driver was arrested and taken to the Ontario Provincial Police North Bay Detachment for further testing.

Following the investigation, Jason Mater, 36 years old, was charged with:

  • Impaired driving
  • Impaired driving – blood alcohol level (over 80),
  • Drive a motor vehicle with an open container of alcohol

Mater was released on a promise and is scheduled to appear in Ontario Court of Justice on February 8 in North Bay.

He received a 90-day administrative license suspension and the vehicle was impounded for seven days.

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