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Prince Edward OPP reports – 2023

 

FEB. 2: Prince Edward OPP responded to a collision in Cressy between a garbage truck and a cube van Thursday morning.

OPP media relations Aaron Miller reports there were minor injuries. One driver was charged with driving left of centre.

Charges involve taking a vehicle and drugs

Prince Edward OPP laid multiple charges as a result of a traffic stop.

On Tuesday, Jan, 24 shortly after 12 a.m. officers located a vehicle that had previously been reported to have been taken without consent. The traffic stop was conducted on Picton Main Street.

Two occupants were arrested and a third fled the scene. As a result of a search, officers seized a quantity of suspected fentanyl, cell phones and drug paraphernalia. A 40-year-old from Picton has been charged with Possession of a schedule one substance for the purpose of trafficking – opioid (other than heroin) – and Possession of anything for use in, production of/trafficking in schedule one substance or schedule three substance.
The accused was held for a bail hearing before the Ontario Court of Justice in Belleville on Jan. 24.

A 34-year-old from Prince Edward County was charged with take motor vehicle without consent. The accused was released on an undertaking to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on Feb. 22.

The investigation will continue regarding the third occupant of the vehicle. OPP are asking anyone with information to call 1.888.310.1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or submit a tip online at www.crimestoppersqui nte.ca where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

More drivers charged with impaired related offences

Prince Edward OPP dealt with more impaired related offences over the weekend.

On Saturday, Jan. 21 shortly after 3:30 p.m. officers responded to a report a motor vehicle on Main Street, Picton.

A Standard Field Sobriety Test was administered and as a result, the driver was arrested and taken for further testing. A 41-year-old from Ottawa, was charged with Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs and Dangerous operation. The driver was released on an undertaking and is to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on Feb. 15. They also had their drivers licence suspended for 90 days and vehicle impounded for seven days.

Later on Saturday, shortly before 5:30 p.m., officers received a report of a motor vehicle collision on County Road 4 in Picton. The report stated one vehicle had left the scene. Officers located the vehicle and spoke with the driver. An approved screening device was administered and as a result, the driver was arrested and transported to detachment for further testing. A 53-year-old from Prince Edward County, was charged with Operation while impaired; Operation while impaired- blood alcohol concentration and Dangerous operation.

The driver was released on an undertaking and is to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on Feb. 15. They also had their drivers licence suspended for 90 days and vehicle impounded for seven days.

Two charged with weapons offences

Prince Edward OPP charged two people for having weapons following a call for service in Picton Wednesday, Jan. 18 shortly before 2 a.m.

Officer were told two individuals had attended a residence with weapons. They located the suspect vehicle leaving the residence, and conducted a traffic stop arresting both occupants. Upon subsequent search officers seized two cell phones, knives and a conducted energy weapon.

An 18-year-old from Scarborough and an 18-year-old from Ajax were arrested and charged with ‘knowledge of unauthorized possession of weapon. The Scarborough resident was further charged with Disobeying order of court and Possession of firearm or ammunition contrary to prohibition order. Both individuals were held for a bail hearing before the Ontario Court of Justice.

Driver charged

Prince Edward OPP charged a driver with impaired operation of a vehicle Tuesday, Jan. 17 shortly after 11 p.m. when officers were conducting a traffic stop on Highway 62.

Investigation led to the arrest of the driver who was transported to detachment for further testing. A 44-year-old from Belleville was charged with Operation while impaired and Operation while impaired- blood alcohol concentration.

The driver was released on an undertaking and is to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on Feb. 22. They also had their drivers licence suspended for 90 days and vehicle impounded for a period of seven days.

Three drivers charged with impaired related offences

Prince Edward OPP charged a series of drivers with impaired related offences.

On Thursday, Jan. 12 shortly after 3:30 p.m. officers conducted a traffic stop on Whitney Road. Subsequent investigation led to the arrest of the driver who was transported to detachment for further testing. A 49-year-old from Prince Edward County, was charged with Operation while impaired; Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration and Dangerous operation.
The driver was released on an undertaking and is to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on Feb. 8, 2023. They also had their drivers licence suspended for 90 days and vehicle impounded for a period of seven days.

On Sunday, Jan. 15 shortly before 5:30 p.m. officers conducted a traffic stop on Lake Street and spoke with a driver. Subsequent investigation led to the arrest of the driver who was transported to detachment for further testing. A 69-year-old from Prince Edward County, was charged with Operation while impaired and Operation while impaired- blood alcohol concentration. The driver was released on an undertaking and is to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on Feb. 22. They also had their drivers licence suspended for 90 days and vehicle impounded for a period of seven days.

Later, shortly after 1 a.m. on Monday Jan. 16 officers were conducting a RIDE program on Picton Main Street when a vehicle entered the program. A Standard Field Sobriety Test was administered and as a result, the driver was arrested and transported to detachment for further testing. A 29-year-old from Prince Edward County, was charged with Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs and Dangerous operation. The driver was released on an undertaking and is to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on Feb. 8. They also had their drivers licence suspended for 90 days and vehicle impounded for a period of seven days.

Several County drivers charged with impaired

Prince Edward OPP charged three drivers with several impaired related offences over the weekend.

This on the heels of comments late December from Staff Sergeant John Hatch, Detachment Commander, who continues to be concerned about impaired driving numbers in Prince Edward County.

He noted that over the course of the last seven years, there were about 39 impaired drivers – almost one a week. In 2021, there were 48 – a 24 per cent increase.

In 2022, there have already been 69 impaired driving convictions, up 75 per cent, something Hatch says may be COVID-19 related as people’s habits changed, but he also attributes the higher numbers to his officers for being on the roads at one, two or three o’clock in the morning.

“They are patrolling the roads, stopping these cars, and we are pulling these impaired drivers, where maybe 10 years ago, we weren’t as pro-active, or we didn’t have the staff and we weren’t able to get those impaired drivers off the road.”

On Friday Jan. 6, 2023 shortly after 7 p.m. officers responded to a report of a motor vehicle collision where a vehicle had struck a deer.

“Further investigation revealed one driver had consumed alcohol and an approved screening device was administered registering a ‘warn’ range,” said PEC Constable Aaron Miller, Media Relations Officer. A 73-year-old driver had their licence suspended for a period of three days.

On Saturday, Jan, 7 shortly after 12 a.m. officers observed a vehicle in the ditch near Highway 62 and County Road 1 when they stopped to check on the driver.

“After further investigation an approved screening device was administered. As a result, the driver was arrested and transported to detachment for further testing. A 33-year-old from Prince Edward County, was charged with Operation while impaired and Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration.
The driver was released on an undertaking and is to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on Feb. 1. They also had their licence suspended for 90 days and vehicle impounded for a period of seven days.”

Later on Saturday, shortly before 11 p.m., officers stopped a vehicle on Bridge Street in Picton and spoke to the driver.

“An approved screening device was administered and as a result, the driver was arrested and transported to detachment for further testing. A 28-year-old from Prince Edward County was charged with Operation while impaired and Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration.

The driver was released on an undertaking and is to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on Feb. 8. They also had their drivers licence suspended for 90 days and vehicle impounded for a period of seven days.

Immediately after the above occurrence, officers responded to a report of a vehicle into a pole on Victoria Road.

“Upon speaking with the driver it was determined they had been operating while impaired. The driver was arrested and transported to detachment for further testing. Further, the driver was found to be in possession of a quantity of suspected cocaine and psilocybin. A 23-year-old from Prince Edward County was charged with Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs; Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration; Possession of a schedule one substance – cocaine and Possession of a schedule three substance.

The driver was released on an undertaking and is to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on Feb. 8. They also had their drivers licence suspended for 90 days and vehicle impounded for a period of seven days.

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