Man from Fort Erie charged with impaired driving after altercation at ice shack

A 29-year-old man from Fort Erie, Ontario, was arrested and charged with impaired driving following an altercation at an ice shack on Lake Nipissing on February 2, 2024.

The Powassan detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police responded to a call about a disturbance at the ice shack shortly before 9 p.m. Upon arrival, officers determined that the man had been drinking and arrested him for impaired operation of a motorized snow vehicle. He was transported off the lake for further testing.

“The complaint was about two people on a snow machine, fighting and trying to get into another person’s ice shack,” Constable Natalie Muirhead said in an email to CTV News.

The man faces charges of refusing to comply with a demand for a breath sample and operating a motor vehicle while impaired.

He was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court on February 27, 2024, in North Bay. In addition to the criminal charges, the man’s driver’s license was suspended for 90 days and his snowmobile was impounded for seven days.

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