Driver arrested at RIDE program

NORTH PERTH – On June 30 at approximately 11:30 p.m., the Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were conducting a Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (RIDE) checkpoint on Perth Line 88 in the Municipality of North Perth.

Upon speaking with a driver who entered the checkpoint, it became apparent they had consumed an alcoholic beverage, at which time a roadside screening device was administered. The driver was arrested for impaired operation and transported to a local operations center for further testing.

Steven Fischer, 34, of South Bruce has been charged with operation while impaired – blood concentration (80 plus).

A 90-day administrative driver’s license suspension and a seven-day vehicle impoundment were initiated as per statute. The accused has been released and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Stratford at a later date to answer to the charge.

If you suspect someone is driving while their ability to operate a motor vehicle is impaired, either by drug or alcohol, call police at 911 to report it.