OPP SUV number 6-518

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Ontario Provincial Police.

A Petawawa senior is facing an impaired driving charge plus a ticket for not wearing a helmet after police pulled over a motor-assisted bike Wednesday afternoon.

A patrolling Upper Ottawa Valley OPP officer spotted the e-bike at the intersection of Airport Road and Petawawa Boulevard and made a traffic stop, concluding “the driver was under the influence of alcohol,” police said in release Thursday.

Michael John O’Heare, 67, is charged with impaired driving and failing or refusing to provide a breath sample. He was released on a promise to appear in court Oct. 9 and his driver’s license was suspended for 90 days.

He was also ticketed for failing to wear a proper helmet on a motor-assisted bicycle under the Highway Traffic Act.

To be legal on Ontario roads, e-bikes have to weigh less than 120 kg, have a top speed of 32 km/h or less and riders have to wear an approved bicycle or motorcycle helmet, the province’s Ministry of Transportation warns.

They’re also considered motor vehicles under the Criminal Code so impaired driving laws apply.

Source: Ottawa Sun