A 24-year-old man from Oliver Paipoonge, just outside Thunder Bay, Ont., is facing impaired driving charges after a pickup truck struck a home on Thunder Bay's north side Sunday morning.

Police said the crash occurred at about 5:40 a.m. in the 100 block of Winnipeg Avenue.

Responding officers found two males in the vehicle. In a media release, police said both appeared intoxicated and the driver was slumped over the wheel.

Both males had minor injuries, but did not require hospitalization.

Police said Sunday the home sustained minimal damage.

The 24-year-old driver was charged with impaired driving.

He also faces a charge of operating a motor vehicle without an ignition interlock, which is an in-car breath analyzing device.

A car with the system installed won't start until the driver blows into the device and the system detects their blood alcohol content is lower than the legal limit.

Under Ontario law, if a person who's been convicted of impaired driving is under an order to use an ignition interlock system, they can be charged if they operate a vehicle without one installed.

The 28-year-old passenger was charged with public intoxication.


  • A previous version of the story stated the driver was 27 years old. In fact, the driver is 24.
    Jun 19, 2017 9:11 AM ET