Transport driver charged with cannabis offence


A Quebec transport driver was taken off the road Sunday after being charged with careless driving and a cannabis offence.

The Upper Ottawa Valley OPP reported Wednesday that on the morning of May 26, 2019 members of the detachment responded to a driving complaint involving a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) tractor trailer unit on Highway 17. Police located and stopped the CMV on Highway 17 in Laurentian Hills.

“As a result of this investigation 39-year-old Alexandre Bazinet of Quebec has been charged with the following Highway Traffic Act (HTA) and Cannabis Control Act (CCA) offences:

  • Careless driving
  • Have care or control of a vehicle with cannabis readily available

“The driver was also placed out of service for 24 hours in relation to cannabis consumption.

“As of July 1, 2018 CMV drivers, along with young and novice drivers, are prohibited from having any presence of alcohol or cannabis in their system.”

Charges have also been laid following an accident on Highway 41 last Thursday.

Police report that on May 23, 2019 at approximately 3 am members of the Upper Ottawa Valley detachment of the OPP responded to a serious motor vehicle collision involving a pickup truck and a pedestrian.

“The incident took place on Highway 41 between Ken Drive and Brandon Avenue in Laurentian Valley Township.

“The pedestrian was taken to hospital by ambulance with serious injuries that are non-life threatening at this time. The driver of the vehicle was not injured.

“Highway 41 was closed for approximately four hours due to the collision. OPP Technical Collision Investigators (TCI) assisted with this incident.

“As a result of this incident the driver of the pickup truck, 41-year-old Crystal Flora Klentz of Pembroke, has been arrested and charged with the following Criminal Code (CC) offences:

  • Impaired driving (drug) causing bodily harm
  • Driving while prohibited.”

The accused was held for a bail hearing and remained in custody until an appearance at the Ontario Court of Justice in Pembroke on May 27.