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Charges laid in seven impaired driving investigations

Prince Edward OPP have laid charges in seven impaired driving investigations this month. There have been almost 70 charges to far this year compared to 54 in 2022.

On Nov. 24, shortly before 9:30 p.m. officers responded, alongside Hastings Quinte EMS, to a single vehicle that had rolled over on Loyalist Parkway. The driver had sustained minor injuries. Officers administered a screening device, and as a result, the driver was arrested and transported to detachment for further testing.

A 28-year-old from Quinte West was charged with operation while impaired- alcohol and drugs, operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus) and dangerous operation. The driver was released from custody and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice Dec. 6.

On Nov. 23, shortly before 6 p.m. officers responded to a single vehicle accident on County Road 1. Officers spoke with the driver and administered a screening device. As a result, the driver was arrested and transported to detachment for further testing.

A subsequent search led to the seizure of suspected psilocybin. A 42-year-old from Prince Edward County, was charged with operation while impaired- alcohol and drugs, operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus) and possession of a schedule three substance. The driver was released from custody and is schedule to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on Dec. 6.

On Nov. 20 around 11 p.m. officers stopped to check a vehicle on Highway 62. After speaking with the driver, a screening device was administered and as a result, the driver was arrested and transported to detachment for further testing.

A 28-year-old from Napanee, was charged with operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs and operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus). The driver was released from custody and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on Dec. 20.

On Nov. 18, officers were conducting proactive patrols when a vehicle was stopped on Loyalist Parkway.

After speaking with a driver, a screening device was administered and as a result, the driver was arrested and transported to the detachment for further testing.

A 33-year-old from Prince Edward County was charged with operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs, operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus) and speeding. The driver was released from custody and is schedule to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on Dec. 13.

On Nov. 11, shortly before midnight, officers observed a vehicle parked in the Mary Street Picton parking lot. Officers spoke with the driver, then issued a screening device demand. As a result, the driver was arrested. A subsequent search led to the seizure of suspected cannabis.

A 23-year-old from Deseronto was charged with failure or refusal to comply with the screening demand, having care or control of a motor vehicle with liquor readily available and have care or control of vehicle or boat with cannabis readily available.

The individual was released from custody and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on Dec. 13.

On Nov. 10, 2023 around 9:30 p.m. officers received a traffic complaint regarding Farrington Crescent in Picton. Officers observed the pickup truck in concern and spoke with the driver. A screening device was administered and as a result, the driver was transported to detachment for further testing.

A 17-year-old was charged with Operation while impaired- alcohol and drugs; Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus) and Person under 19 years consuming liquor.

The driver was released from custody and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at a later date. The identity of the accused is being withheld in accordance with the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA).

All of the drivers had their vehicles impounded for seven days and licences suspended for 90 days.

 

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