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Canisius basketball assistant Calvin Cage charged with impaired driving in Ontario

Calvin Cage, an assistant coach for the Canisius men’s basketball team, faces a charge of impaired driving stemming from a traffic stop Sunday in Fort Erie, Ontario, police said.

Niagara Regional Police confirmed Friday that Cage was arrested and charged at 4 a.m. Sunday morning, after police officers were called to the Peace Bridge following a report of an impaired driver.

“The Canisius College athletic department is aware of the situation involving assistant men’s basketball coach Calvin Cage,” the school's athletic department said in a statement to The News. “The athletic department is gathering information and reviewing the matter.

“Because this is a personnel matter, there will be no further comment from Canisius College at this time.”

Cage’s status on the men’s basketball coaching staff currently remains unchanged, and he has not been suspended from the program, the school said. Canisius (3-2) plays Mercer at 1 p.m. Sunday in Boca Raton, Fla.

Cage is a former guard at the University at Buffalo who graduated in 2006 and played for current Canisius head coach Reggie Witherspoon. He is in his first season as an assistant with the Golden Griffins.

Cage, 35, was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle with over 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 milliliters of blood (a .08 alcohol level). He was held in custody before a bail hearing Monday at the Robert S.K. Welch Courthouse in St. Catharines, Ont.

On its website, the Niagara Regional Police Service states that in addition to being charged, an individual who faces the charge of an alleged criminal impaired driving offense has his or her license suspended for 90 days, and cannot operate a motor vehicle on a roadway.

A criminal impaired driving offense includes driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs, driving with a blood-alcohol concentration of 80 mgs. or above of alcohol in 100 ml of blood (.08 blood-alcohol level), or refusing to provide a breath or blood sample.

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