Sudbury police briefs: Drunk driver, distracted driving, sledders stuck

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A Val Caron man has pleaded guilty to a drinking and driving charge laid last April.

John Gagnon, 55, pleaded guilty Friday in the Ontario Court of Justice to having more than the legal allowable level of alcohol in his system while driving.

Facts in the case were not read in, but will be at sentencing.

Gagnon will be sentenced May 8 at a time when he will be on vacation, said defence lawyer Charles Bourgeois.

The charge was laid April 20, 2018.

— Harold Carmichael, The Sudbury Star

 

Distracted driving leads to charges

On March 12 at 1:45 p.m., members from the Sudbury detachment of the OPP conducted a traffic stop for distracted driving in Greater Sudbury.

During the investigation police determined the driver’s licence was suspended.

As a result, Cody Lamoureux-Mohan, 25, of Sudbury was charged with driving a motor vehicle on a highway while using a handheld wireless communication device, as well as driving while under suspension.

Lamoureux-Mohan is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Sudbury on April 29.

Three snowmobiles get stuck

On March 14 at 9:50 p.m., members of the Sudbury (Warren) detachment of the OPP responded to three male snowmobilers who were stuck in slush on Lake Nipissing. The West Nipissing Fire Department assisted in locating the subjects.

The males were located approximately 10 km from shore and examined by EMS. They sustained no injuries, but were very wet and cold.

The OPP is recommending that snowmobilers stay off the lakes. With all the rain recently, the lakes are very slushy, making it difficult to travel. The OPP is also reminding snowmobilers to expect the unexpected, dress for the weather, ensure your cellphone is fully charged and never travel alone.

Be wary of standing water

With the long-awaited warmer weather finally upon us, the OPP is reminding motorists to watch for standing or pooling water on the roadways.

The combination of increasing temperatures and rainfall can cause large pools of water to form. Because the ground is still frozen, the water has no place to go. Road crews do their best to dig snowbanks away to channel water off the roads, but sometimes the water will still pool in low-lying areas.

Drivers need to recognize these pools of water may cause potential dangers to travelling motorists. For your own safety, and for the safety of others using the roadways, the OPP is urging motorists to slow down, increase your following distances and watch for standing water on the roadways.