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Prince Edward OPP reports – 2019

Man dies in ice boat incident on Bay of Quinte
A 78-year-old male from Ameliasburgh lost his life in an ice boaing incident Tuesday afternoon on the Bay of Quinte.

Prince Edward OPP and emergency services were called to the scene at about 3:40 p.m. Jan. 15 on the Bay of Quinte near Rednersville Road in Ameliasburgh.

“Prince Edward Fire and EMS were on scene working on a male who was brought to shore by local residents who witnessed the event,” said PEC OPP Cst. Patrick Menard. “One witness stated they observed an ice boat on the bay and it appeared to have struck a pressure crack, causing the front blade to jam, stopping the boat immediately.”

Menard said the witness put on a floater suit and proceeded out on the ice to help.

“CPR was started and with the help of other witnesses, the pilot of the iceboat was brought to shore where paramedics took over.”

A post mortem will be conducted by the coroner to verify the cause of death. The incident, Menard said, is not considered suspicious.

“With this being the second ice incident within three days, Prince Edward County OPP is reminding everyone that with the recent fluctuating temperatures ice can vary in thickness and strength from area to area. Keep an eye on ice and snow conditions before venturing out on the ice.”

Man charged with theft from LCBO

On Jan. 15, 2019 around 10:30 a.m. Prince Edward OPP attended the LCBO in Picton after a report of an individual being caught on video stealing liquor.

Police spoke with LCBO staff who identified the male and a short time later, police located and charged and 18-year-old Picton man with CC 334(b) theft under $5000.

He was released on a promise to appear with a court date of Feb. 13 at the Ontario court of justice in Picton to answer to the charge.

Two impaired charges following dry December
After recording zero impaired incidents in the month of December, the first full weekend of the new year saw two separate incidents where drivers were charged with impaired driving.

On Jan. 4, around 2:30 pm, Prince Edward OPP responded to a report of a vehicle that had struck a residence on Burns Ave in Picton.

After speaking with the driver of the vehicle, officers detected an odour of alcohol and administered the road side screening device. After a suitable sample was not obtained, the driver was arrested and brought to the OPP detachment in Picton for follow up with a breath technician.

As a result, a 73-year-old female from Picton was charged with having more than 80mgs. of alcohol in her blood while driving a motor vehicle. She was released with a promise to appear Jan. 30 in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton. Her license was suspended and her vehicle impounded.

The following day, officers conducted a R.I.D.E. program on County road 22 near London Ave in Picton. Officers spoke with a driver and subsequently charged a 53-year-old male from Picton with having more than 80mgs. of alcohol in his blood while driving a motor vehicle. He was released with a promise to appear on Jan. 30 in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton. His license was suspended and his vehicle impounded.

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Police report citizens made good choices, for the most part, over holidays

Prince Edward County OPP report citizens made good choices between Dec. 20, 2018 and New Year’s Day.

“The detachment responded to 239 calls for service and wants to thank the citizens of the county for making the right choices which resulted in a safe holiday season,” said Cst. Patrick Menard, the OPP Community Services Officer.

Officers conducted 58 R.I.D.E. programs and another 39 traffic related enforcement occurences which resulted in three drivers being served a three-day suspension of their licence for registering an alert during a roadside check. One other driver was charged for having cannabis readily available in contrary to the cannabis control act.

“Thank you for making the right choices this holiday season and because of this, zero impaired driving charges were laid in Prince Edward County during this time frame.”

In other calls, a 45-year-old male was charged after a domestic related incident on Dec. 22. He was released on a promise to appear in court Jan. 23.

Two youth were charged with mischief and break and enter after an alarm was activated at the Prince Edward Collegiate Institute on Dec. 30. Both have court dates for Feb. 11.

A 16-year-old female residing in Consecon was charged after an altercation with police Dec. 29 and is to appear in at the Picton courthouse Jan. 14.

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