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Ottawa drunk driver caught riding e-bike on Highway 417

Ontario Provincial Police charged an impaired driver who was caught travelling on an electric-powered motorbike on Highway 417 in Ottawa.

An OPP news release says officers stopped the driver on Monday shortly after 5 p.m. in Ottawa’s east end.

A 41-year-old man on the bike was found to be impaired by alcohol and received five criminal charges, including operation while impaired and for riding an electric motorbike on a controlled-access highway.

In addition, the man was found to be driving on a suspended licence.

He received an additional 90-day drivers licence suspension and his bike was impounded for 45-days. He is set to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on July 5.

E-bikes are only allowed on roads with a speed limit of 80km/h or under in Ontario.

E-bike drivers are not required to have a driver’s licence, permit, licence plate or insurance. However, anyone suspended from driving cannot operate one using the motor.

Instead they must use the pedals, like a bicycle.

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