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Missing people, near drownings, assaults, crowd control and traffic offenses among 303 OPP incidents in past week

Prince Edward County Ontario Provincial Police officers dealt with 303 incidents over the past week – on land and water.

Community Safety Officer Patrick Menard has provided a wrap-up of some of the events on the past week – ranging from incidents of a missing child and youth to near-drownings, traffic incidents and a protest.

Aug 12
While doing traffic patrols, police conducted a vehicle stop and a driver was charged with driving under suspension.
At another traffic stop, a driver with interlock restrictions was driving a vehicle not equipped with an interlock. Male charged accordingly.

Prince Edward OPP officers investigated nine accidental 911 calls, six motor vehicle collisions, and 22 traffic related incidents. Seven RIDE programs were also conducted.

Aug 11
Police responded to a report of a large fight at Sandbanks Provincial Park. Police spoke with a large group who all denied seeing anything.
A seven day stunt drive charge was issued on a 21 year old male from Quinte West who was stopped on County Road 19 travelling over two times the posted speed limit.
Two youth reported missing from Bayfield Treatment Center. Patrols conducted with negative results. Both females reported to have returned later in the evening.

Aug 10
Reports of a boat being vandalized. Two engines damaged and fuel contaminated. Boat was in a storage facility on County Road 18 at the time but was since moved to owner’s cottage in Kingston. OPP Frontline Support Unit investigating
Two vehicle collision on Paul St. No injuries, Driver charged with start from stopped position not in safety.
Bayfield Treatment Center worker reported one youth at the residence threw a rock, damaging his truck’s windshield and scratching the hood. No charges, Bayfield to handle occurrence internally.
While conducting a RIDE on County Road 12, officers observed a vehicle attempt to turn around to avoid the stop. One male arrested and charged for impaired.
Bayfield Treatment Center staff report a threat to assault staff. Police issued to youth.

Aug 9
Commercial motor vehicle inspection on Belleville Street, Wellington resulted in a 52 year old male truck driver being charged with operating a motor vehicle with no valid CVOR
Police responded to a report of a five-year-old child missing while playing on the beach at Sandbanks Provincial Park. Child was located by a third party and returned to the family.
During a RIDE initiative, police stopped a vehicle and the driver was found to have a suspended licence due to unpaid fines. Notice of suspension served and vehicle removed by another licenced driver.

Aug 8
Two vehicle collision on Highway 62 near Victoria Road.
Bayfield Treatment Center contacted PEC OPP to advise that two female residents had run away from the home. Extensive patrols done with negative results. Surrounding OPP detachments notified. Both youth returned later that evening without incident.

Aug 7
Tow company contacted police regarding a vehicle in the ditch and driver appeared to be impaired. Vehicle later stopped and driver arrested for impaired. Vehicle towed. A 57-year-old male from Toronto was charged.
Ontario Premier in the County to make an announcement. Police stood by while a small group of protestors voiced concerns.
Police attended a Johnson Street address in Picton with reports of a domestic occurrence. A 32-year-old male was arrested and charged with one count domestic assault and one count domestic mischief. Names not released to protect the victim.
Police responded to reports of a possible impaired driver on Country Road 12 near Sandbanks Provincial Park. Vehicle located, a 27-year-old male from Quebec was issued a three day licence suspension.

Aug 6
JRCC reported a sail boat wedged on a rock in shallow water. OPP transported owner into Picton to make arrangements to have boat towed
Sandbanks report of two females possibly drowned. Both females revived and transported to Picton Hospital by EMS.
Motorcycle and golf cart collision on the Millennium trail in Wellingt on. Three people injured with non-life threatening injuries. A 28-year-old male from Consecon was charged in contrary to the Off Road Vehicle Act section 16 – careless driving.

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  1. dave says:

    We NEED more cops to patrol the dunes because it is just wrong to have a beer whilst relaxing. Meanwhile our 800km international border goes unpatrolled.

  2. Gary Mooney says:

    Chris, that’s my understanding as well (although the number may be nine). This is a very good deal, in that we get 12 months of service for free, despite the fact that the additional need is mostly during the summer months.

  3. Chris Keen says:

    My recollection from budget discussions years ago the province does pay the costs for ten officers to cover the policing of Sandbanks, and Hwys. 33 and 62.

  4. Graham Cobb says:

    I agree Dennis – I mentioned that to my wife last week. Tourist tax !!! Roads, more traffic lights – ie. PAUL ST & policing. The other I’ll mention again – cameras, cameras, cameras ! A camera every two blocks on main streets and ALL businesses = less policing. They are only looked at IF there is an incident by a neutral party.

  5. Dennis Fox says:

    Don’t get me wrong – I too enjoy tourists, but to a limit. When our police force has to deal with 303 charges over a weekend, we know we have hit our limit of frustration level for visitors. But to be fair County folk aren’t entirely innocent either, but their numbers are small.

    We need a tourist tax – why should locals be paying for this level of policing ?

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