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Prince Edward OPP reports – 2023

Driver charged following traffic complaint

Prince Edward OPP charged a driver with impaired operation following investigation of a traffic complaint.

On Dec. 18, around 8:45 p.m., officers received a traffic complaint regarding a vehicle travelling on Highway 62. The vehicle ended up in a ditch.

Subsequent investigation led to the arrest of the driver who was transported to detachment for further testing. A 76-year-old from Prince Edward County, was charged with Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs; Operation while impaired- blood alcohol concentration (80 plus).

The driver was released and is to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on Jan. 24. The driver also had their licence suspended for 90 days and vehicle impounded for seven days.

The OPP thank those who continue to remain vigilant for impaired drivers. Everyone is encouraged to report impaired drivers by calling 911.

Drivers charged

Prince Edward OPP have charged two drivers with impaired offences over the weekend during ‘Festive RIDE (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) programs.

On Dec. 11 just after midnight, officers were conducting a RIDE program at Hwy 62 near County Road 3 in Rossmore. Officers stopped a vehicle near the program and spoke with the driver. As a result of further investigation, a standard field sobriety test was administered. The driver then took off on foot and was arrested by officers.

A 31-year-old from Prince Edward County, was charged with Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs; Failure or refusal to comply with demand and Resist peace officer.

The driver was released from custody and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice Jan. 10. The driver had their vehicle impounded for seven days and licence suspended for 90 days.

On Dec. 9, around 7:30 p.m. officers received a report of a single vehicle on County Road 3. Officers attended the scene and observed the vehicle in the ditch, with no one around. Officers conducted further investigation and located the driver a distance away from the scene. The driver was arrested and transported to detachment for further testing.

A 28-year-old from Prince Edward County, was charged Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs; Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus) and Fail to remain.

The driver was released from custody and is schedule to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on Dec. 20. The driver had their vehicle impounded for seven days and licence suspended for 90 days.

Festive RIDE season continues and drivers should expect to see RIDE programs around Prince Edward County.

RIDE stop leads to drug charges

A 53-year-old Belleville resident is facing several drug charges following a RIDE program stop by PEC OPP.

On Nov. 30, just after midnight, officers were conducting a RIDE program on Hwy 62 near County Road 3 in Rossmore. Officers spoke with a driver and further investigation led to a search of the vehicle.

As a result of the search, officers seized a quantity of suspected methamphetamine, suspected cocaine, drug paraphernalia and a switchblade.

The driver was arrested and charged with Possession of a schedule one substance- methamphetamine, Possession of a schedule one substance- cocaine, Possession of a schedule one substance- other drugs, Unauthorized possession of a weapon and Possession of weapon for dangerous purpose.

They were released from custody and scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on Dec. 20.

Impaired charges follow investigation

Prince Edward OPP have charged a driver after responding to an incident Nov. 27 around 3 p.m. on County Road 7.

Officers observed a pickup truck that had entered the ditch and there was no driver in the vehicle.

Officers located the driver and subsequent investigation led to the arrest of the driver who was transported to detachment for further testing.

A 40-year-old from Prince Edward County, was charged with Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs; Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus); Fail to remain and Fail to report accident

The driver was held for a bail hearing. They had their vehicle impounded for a period of seven days and licence suspended for 90 days.

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.

Reports bullet hole found in wall of home

Prince Edward OPP seek assistance in an investigation of a possible bullet hole found in the wall of a residence.

On Nov. 5, shortly after 7 a.m., Prince Edward County OPP responded to a residence on Gardenville Road for a complaint of what was suspected to be a bullet through the residence. The source of the projectile is undetermined and it is believed to have occurred within the week prior.

People with any information that may be relevant, dash camera footage, or information that may have recorded vehicles or pedestrians in the area, are asked to contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122.

Should you have any information and wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222- 8477 (TIPS), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward.

Traffic complaint leads to impaired charge

Prince Edward OPP have charged a driver after responding to a traffic complaint.

On Nov. 7 around 7 p.m. officers responded to a report of a traffic complaint on County Road 14. Officers located the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop on County Road 6. While speaking with the driver a screening device was administered. As a result, one individual was arrested and transported to detachment for further testing.

A 32-year-old from Prince Edward County was charged with Operation while impaired- alcohol and drugs; Failure or refusal to comply with demand and Drive vehicle or boat with cannabis readily available.

The individual was released and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on Nov. 22.

The OPP thank everyone for remaining vigilant to impaired drivers. Should you suspect someone to be driving impaired, call 911.

Traffic complaint leads to drug charges

Prince Edward OPP have laid a series of charges after investigating a traffic complaint Nov. 1.

Shortly before 2 p.m. officers responded to a report of a traffic complaint on Loyalist Parkway near Bloomfield. Officers located the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop.

While speaking with the driver, it became apparent they were breaching conditions and they were subsequently arrested.

Further investigation led to the arrest of one of the vehicle’s passengers. A search of the vehicle led to the seizure of quantities of suspected fentanyl and cocaine, a collapsible baton, cash and additional drug paraphernalia.

A 28-year-old from Belleville was charged with:
Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime over $5000
Possession of a weapon for dangerous purpose
Failure to comply with release order – other than to attend court – five counts
Possession of a schedule one substance for the purpose of trafficking – cocaine
Possession of a schedule one substance for the purpose of trafficking – opioid

A 37-year-old from Prince Edward County was charged with failure to comply with release order – other than to attend court.

Both were held for a bail hearing before the Ontario Court of Justice in Belleville on Nov. 2.

Charges during RIDE program

Prince Edward OPP charged an individual during a RIDE program Oct. 26 shortly after 8 p.m. officers on Wellington Main Street and County Road 2.

A driver took their vehicle through the program without stopping. Officers conducted a traffic stop a short distance away and administered a screening device. As a result, the driver was arrested and transported to detachment for further testing. A 40-year-old from Prince Edward County was charged with operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs and operation while impaired- blood alcohol concentration (80 plus).

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

Drug charges

Prince Edward OPP charged a driver during a RIDE program Oct. 25 around 3:30 a.m. on Highway 62 near County Road 3.

Investigation revealed the driver was in breach of conditions and was arrested. A subsequent search led to the seizure of a quantity of suspected cocaine, methamphetamine, fentanyl, knife and drug paraphernalia. A 45-year-old from Belleville was charged with the following:
· Failure to comply with release order – other than to attend court – five counts
· Possession of a prohibited device or ammunition
· Possession of a schedule one substance for the purpose of trafficking – methamphetamine
· Possession of a schedule one substance for the purpose of trafficking – cocaine
· Possession of a schedule one substance for the purpose of trafficking – other drugs
The individual was held for a bail hearing before the Ontario Court of Justice in Belleville.

Driver charged

Prince Edward OPP charged an individual during a RIDE program Oct. 26 shortly after 2 a.m. on Highway 62 near County Road 3.

Officers spoke with a driver and as a result, administered a screening device. The driver was arrested and transported to the detachment for further testing. A 21-year-old from Ashton was charged with operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs and operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus).

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

 

Arrest related to stolen vehicles
The Prince Edward County Community Street Crime Unit arrested a Quinte West resident in connection with two stolen vehicles.

On Sept. 12, 2022 officers attended a residence on Dufferin Ave in Trenton due to a report of a stolen pick up truck overnight. On Sept. 16 officers responded to a report of a stolen ATV from a residence on Loyalist Parkway in Prince Edward County.

As a result of continued investigation, officers identified and arrested the 42-year-old suspect and charged him in connection to these two occurrences with possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000 and possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000. The individual was held for a bail hearing in the Ontario Court of Justice in Belleville.

Charges related to $100,000 lottery scam

The Prince Edward County OPP Crime Unit has laid charges in connection with a lottery scam this summer where a victim lost more than $100,000.

OPP received a report Aug. 21 of a scam involving a fake lottery claim. The victim was advised they had won the lottery.

“After further discussion with the suspect, they convinced the victim to provide money in a variety of forms, resulting in a loss exceeding $100,000,” said Acting Sgt Aaron Miller, East Region Media Co-ordinator. “The suspect is believed to have attended the victim’s house to assist in the transactions.”

Investigators executed a search warrant Sept. 28 and arrested a 39-year-old from Etobicoke. Charges include Criminal harassment – threatening conduct; Theft over $5,000; Fraud over $5,000 and Mischief to computer data.

The individual was held for a bail hearing before the Ontario Court of Justice in Belleville.

The OPP encourages anyone who has lost money because of a fraud to report it to police at 1-888-310-1122.

Impaired driving charges laid

Prince Edward OPP laid three impaired driving charges over the past week.

On Oct. 3 shortly before 3 p.m. officers received a report of a traffic complaint near County Road 23 and Victoria Road.

Officers located the vehicle and spoke with the driver. A screening device was administered and as a result, the driver was arrested and transported to detachment for further testing. An 83-year-old from Belleville 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 to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on Oct. 11. The driver also had their vehicle impounded for seven days and licence suspended for 90 days.

On Oct. 1 shortly after 7 p.m. officers received a report of a traffic complaint involving a theft on Loyalist Parkway near Carrying Place.

Officers attempted to stop a vehicle and continued to patrol for the vehicle, later locating it in Wellington. Officers arrested the driver and a screening device demand was made. A subsequent search led to the seizure of a quantity of suspected cocaine. A 53-year-old from Prince Edward County was charged with Fail to stop for police; Failure or refusal to comply with demand; Theft under $5000 – shoplifting; Possession of a schedule one substance – cocaine.
The driver was released from custody and is to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on Oct. 18. The driver also had their vehicle impounded for seven days and licence suspended for 90 days.

On Sept. 29 just before 4 p.m. officers conducted a traffic stop on Bond Road, spoke to the driver and administered a screening device. As a result, the driver was arrested and transported to detachment for further testing. A 26-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 to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on Oct. 25. The driver also had their vehicle impounded for seven days and licence suspended for 90 days.

 

Two people face 68 charges related to theft of vehicles, boats, RVs, break-ins and arson

Two people are facing 68 criminal charges related to 42 incidents of vehicle theft, commercial break and enters and arson across the region between July 15-25.

Prince Edward OPP Acting Sgt. Aaron Miller states members of the East Region Community Street Crime Unit investigated the incidents. Both were arrested by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and returned to Ontario.

“The reported vehicle thefts include personal water craft, RVs and other trailers. The occurrences spanned across East region. Attempts were made to stop the pair and they fled from police. The vehicle being operated at the time was located abandoned and on fire. Several of the vehicles had been spray painted.”

Miller said that throughout the investigation, bank cards located in the stolen vehicles, were used.

“The OPP is reminding everyone not to leave valuables in unlocked vehicles, especially the keys to the vehicle. All the reported stolen vehicles had been left unlocked with the keys in them.”

A 25-year-old of no fixed address and a 38-year-old from Nectaux Falls, Nova Scotia were charged.

 

Assault charges laid

Prince Edward OPP have laid assault charges following an incident Sept. 26 around 7 p.m.

Officers had received a report of a suspicious person in a parking lot near George Wright Boulevard. Further information was received that an individual was assaulted.

“With the assistance of the East Region Canine Unit, officers arrived and took the individual into custody,” reports Acting Sgt. Aaron Miller. “Throughout this process, the individual was assaultive toward officers. None of the officers sustained an injury. The individual then caused damage to detachment ce lls.”

The 34-year-old from Prince Edward County, was charged with Assault, Assault a peace officer, Mischief – destroys or damages property – two counts.

The individual was released from custody and is to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice Nov. 15.

Drug charges laid following traffic stop

A 47-year-old Codrington man is facing several drug related charges following a traffic complaint and stop Sept. 26 around 5:30 a.m.

Prince Edward OPP received a report of a vehicle stopped in a lane on County Road 28. Officers attended and spoke to the driver. As a result of further investigation, the driver was arrested and transported to detachment for further testing. Additionally, a subsequent search led to the seizure of a baton, a quantity of suspected cocaine and drug paraphernalia. The driver was charged with the following offences:
Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs
Possession of a schedule one substance for the purpose of trafficking – cocaine
Possession of a prohibited device or ammunition for dangerous purpose
The driver was released from custody and is to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on Oct. 25. The driver also had their vehicle impounded for seven days and licence suspended for 90 days.

Charges follow traffic stop

Prince Edward OPP charged a driver with several offences Thursday, Sept. 21 just before 2:30 p.m. following a traffic stop on Highway 62.

Officers spoke to the driver of the motor vehicle and administered a screening device. As a result of the investigation, the driver was arrested and transported to detachment for further testing.

A 28-year-old from Belleville was charged with failure or refusal to comply with demand, operation while prohibited under the criminal code, dangerous operation, driving while under suspension and speeding. The driver was released from custody and is to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on Oct. 4. The driver also had their vehicle impounded for 45 days and licence suspended for 90 days.

Multiple weekend offences

Prince Edward OPP laid multiple criminal offences this past weekend.

On Sept. 16, shortly after midnight, officers were conducting a RIDE program on Highway 62 when a driver was screened and as a result, was arrested and transported to detachment for further testing. A 23-year-old from Corbyville, was charged with operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs and operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration. The driver was released from custody and scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice Oct. 10. They also had their driver’s licence suspended for 90 days and vehicle impounded for seven days.

On Sept. 15 at approximately 8:30 p.m, officers conducted a traffic stop on County Road 1. A search of the vehicle and driver led to the seizure of a quantity of suspected methamphetamine. A 37-year-old from Belleville was charged with possession of a schedule one substance – methamphetamine. They were released from custody and scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on Nov. 1.

On Sept. 8 shortly after 3 a.m., Prince Edward County Fire and Rescue Services advised officers of a vehicle on fire on Thomas Street in Picton. Responding officers determined the vehicle had been involved in a collision and the driver had left the scene prior to police arrival. As a result of the investigation, a 28-year-old from Picton was charged with mischief, fail to comply with probation order, careless driving and fail to report accident. The driver was released from custody and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on Oct. 25.

Driver charged

Following the seizure of a quantity of suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, a driver is facing several charges.

Prince Edward OPP were conducting a RIDE program Sept. 14, shortly before 10 p.m. on Kingsley Road when officers spoke with the driver. As a result, the driver was arrested and transported to detachment for further testing. The 45-year-old from Prince Edward County was charged with operation while impaired- alcohol and drugs and possession of a schedule one substance- methamphetamine.

The driver was released from custody and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice Oct. 25. The driver had their licence suspended for 90 days and vehicle impounded for seven days.

Driver charged after striking cenotaph monument

A 29-year-old from Ottawa was charged with careless driving after striking the Picton cenotaph monument Saturday, Sept. 9.

Prince Edward OPP charged the driver after a 2 p.m. report of the incident at the Main, Ferguson and Chapel streets location. Officers responded alongside Hastings Quinte Paramedic Services and Prince Edward County Fire and Rescue.

Impaired driving charges

On Sunday, Sept. 3, shortly after 3 a.m. Prince Edward OPP officers were called to a parking lot on Loyalist Parkway near Picton where it was reported a vehicle had struck a pole. After speaking with the driver, a screening device was administered and as a result, a 21-year-old from Montreal, Quebec, was charged with operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus) and operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs.

The driver was released from custody and is to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on Sept. 20. The driver also had their vehicle impounded for seven days and licence suspended for 90 days.

Around the same time, officers received a traffic complaint about a driver on County Road 18. Officers located the vehicle and administered a screening device. As a result, the driver registered a warn range suspension. They had their licence suspended for three days.

On Friday Sept. 1, shortly before 10 p.m. officers received a traffic complaint about a driver in a drive through on Main Street, Picton. Officers located the vehicle and spoke with the driver. As a result of further investigation, a screening device was administered and a 59-year-old from Prince Edward County was arrested and charged with operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus) and operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs.

The driver was released from custody and is to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on Sept. 20. The driver also had their vehicle impounded for seven days and licence suspended for 90 days.

 

Victim of lottery scam lost substantial amount of money

Prince Edward OPP are warning residents to to be alert to fraud attempts following an incident late last month where a family lost money in a fake lottery scam.

OPP received a report Aug. 21 from a victim who was advised they had won the lottery.

“After further discussion with the suspect, they convinced the victim to provide money in a variety of forms, resulting in a substantial loss,” states PEC OPP Acting Sgt. Aaron Miller. “The suspect is believed to have attended the victim’s house to assist in the transactions. The suspect has also requested assistance from local taxi companies. With the assistance of the crime unit, the investigation remains ongoing.”

Miller adds that fraudsters are clever and will often have an answer for any question. To protect from victimization, follow these tips:
Do not be afraid to say no
Do your research
Do not give out personal information
Ask for credentials – know who you’re dealing with
If it’s too good to be true, it likely is!

Fraudsters often target vulnerable populations. Share this information with others, especially those vulnerable, to prevent victimization. Visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre for more information.

There may be more victims of this organized scam. Anyone who has lost money because of a fraud is encouraged to report it to police at 1-888-310-1122.

 

Driver charged

A Quebec resident faces impaired driving charges following an incident Monday, Aug. 29 shortly after 7:30 p.m. at Sandbanks Provincial Park.

Prince Edward OPP arrested a driver of a motor vehicle and transported them to detachment for further testing. The 26-year-old from Pierrefonds Quebec was charged with operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs and operation while impaired – blood drug concentration. The driver was released from custody and is to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on Oct. 11. The driver also had their vehicle impounded for seven days and licence suspended for 90 days.

Driver charged

A 31-year-old from Brighton faces impaired driving charges from Prince Edward OPP as a result of a traffic complaint.

On Monday, Aug. 29 shortly after 1:30 p.m. officers received a traffic complaint about a driver on Hwy. 62.
Officers located the vehicle, spoke with the driver and as a result, administered a screening device.

The driver was arrested and 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 to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on Sept. 20. The driver also had their vehicle impounded for seven days and licence suspended for 90 days.

OPP seek assistance related to thefts

Prince Edward OPP seek assistance with two theft occurrences.

Sometime overnight July 18, more than $25,000 worth of lawn mowers and other tools were repported taken from a business in Picton. It is believed a dark coloured pick up truck and a silver/grey SUV were connected.

Sometime overnight on Aug. 3, more than $20,000 worth of tools were reported taken from a series of job sites in Picton.

Anyone with information is asked to contact OPP at 1.888.310.1122 or Crime Stoppers Quinte at 1.800. 222.8477.

Drivers charged

Prince Edward OPP investigated more impaired related occurrences over the week.

On Sunday, Aug. 20 shortly after 2:30 a.m. officers received a report of a single motor vehicle accident on McFarland Court in Picton. Officers arrived on scene and spoke with the driver. Subsequent investigation led to the administration of a screening device. A 29-year-old from Napanee was arrested and transported to detachment for further testing. The driver was charged with Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs; Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus) and careless driving.
The driver was released from custody and is to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on Sept. 27. The driver also had their vehicle impounded for seven days and licence suspended for 90 days.

On Saturday, Aug. 19 shortly after 7 a.m. officers conducted a traffic stop on Highway 62. After speaking with the driver, a screening device was administered. As a result, a 29-year-old from Belleville 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 to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on Sept. 13. The driver also had their vehicle impounded for seven days and licence suspended for 90 days.

On Wednesday, Aug. 16, just before 7 a.m., officers received a report of about a vehicle on Lake Street in Picton. Officers spoke to the driver and administered a screening device. As a result, a 69-year-old from Prince Edward County was arrested and transported to detachment for further testing. The driver 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 to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on Sept. 20. The driver also had their vehicle impounded for seven days and licence suspended for 90 days.

 

Several charged with impaired driving offences

Prince Edward OPP investigated more impaired related occurrences over the long weekend.

On Friday, Aug. 4 shortly after 10:30 p.m. officers received a request for assistance from wardens at Sandbanks Provincial Park. Officers attended, spoke to a driver and administered a screening device. The driver was arrested and transported to detachment for further testing. A 50-year-old from Mount-Saint-Hilaire Quebec was charged with Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs; Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus); Fail to have insurance card and Driving motor vehicle with open container of liquor.
The driver was released from custody and is to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on Aug. 30. The driver also had their licence suspended for 90 days and vehicle impounded for seven days.

On Saturday, Aug. 5 shortly after 5:30 p.m. officers received a traffic complaint in Picton. Officers located and spoke to the driver who refused to provide officers with identification and refused to provide a sample for the screening device. The 40-year-old driver from Shannonville was arrested and charged with Failure or refusal to comply with demand; Dangerous operation; Obstruct peace officer; Drive motor vehicle – not equipped with ignition interlock device. The driver was released from custody and is to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on Sept. 6. The driver also had their licence suspended for 90 days and vehicle impounded for seven days.

On Sunday, Aug. 6 shortly after 3:30 a.m. officers conducted a traffic stop on Highway 62. Officers spoke to a driver and an administered a screening device. As a result, a 44-year-old from Scarborough was arrested and transported to detachment for further testing. The driver 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 schedule to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on Aug. 30. The driver also had their licence suspended for 90 days and vehicle impounded for seven days.

Later that morning, just before 8:30 a.m., officers received a request for assistance from wardens at Sandbanks Provincial Park reporting someone to be operating a motorcycle on the beach. After subsequent investigation a screening device was administered and the driver was arrested and transported to detachment for further testing. A 43-year-old from Cote-Saint-Luc Quebec was charged with operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs, operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus) and operate vehicle off roadway. The driver was released from custody and is to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on Oct. 4. The driver also had their licence suspended for 90 days and vehicle impounded for seven days.

– PEC OPP photo

Missing six-year-old found at Sandbanks found following impressive community chain of help

A six-year-old last seen in the water was located as people at Sandbanks Provincial Park joined together to form a chain line to methodically search the beach and water.

The child was located more than a kilometre up the beach.

Prince Edward OPP assisted with the search Sunday, Aug. 6, 2023 shortly after 5:30 p.m. having received a call from Provincial Park Wardens. They said the six-year-old child had been missing for approximately 30 minutes and was last seen in the water.

“Emergency services attended and engaged with the tremendous community support,” said Aaron Miller, PEC OPP Community Safety officer. “As highlighted in the photo, individuals formed a line and methodically searched the beach and water. The child was located more than a kilometre up the beach. The OPP thank everyone who offered their assistance.

Pair charged in series of break and enters, thefts

Prince Edward OPP have charged two people with many charges linked to a series of break and enters and thefts.

Over the past few weeks, OPP has investigated several occurrences at businesses and residences across the East Region. Several vehicles have been stolen from residences and businesses.

The OPP received information from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in New Brunswick that they had located two people wanted on an outstanding warrant from Ontario. With the assistance of the East Region Community Street Crime Unit, both were transported back to Ontario.

A 25-year-old with no fixed address was charged with Theft over $5000 of a motor vehicle – seven counts; Theft under $5000 – seven counts; Theft over $5000 – six counts
Break, enter a place – commit indictable offence – four counts; Fraud under $5000- four counts; Possession of property obtained by crime over $5000 – three counts
Mischief under $5000; Mischief over $5000; Flight from peace officer; Dangerous operation

A 38-year-old from Nectaux Falls, Nova Scotia was charged with Theft over $5000 – six counts; Theft under $5000 – five counts
Mischief under $5000; Possession of property obtained by crime over $5000 – three counts; Theft over $5000 of a motor vehicle – six counts; Break, enter a dwelling house with intent to commit indictable offence – three counts; Failure to comply with undertaking

Both were held for a bail hearing before the Ontario Court of Justice.

The OPP is asking anyone with information to call 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may submit a tip to Crime Stoppers at www.ontariocrimestoppers.ca or 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).

OPP to conduct rapid deployment training

Members of the Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are expected to conduct rapid deployment training in Prince Edward County Thursday, Aug. 3.

The public may see an increased police presence around the training location – which has not been made public.

The training today, allows officers to train to respond to active threats in the community.

Nine impaired charges so far in July

Nine people have been charged with impaired drivers so far in July. The drivers had their licences suspended for 90 days and vehicles impounded for seven days.

On Wednesday, July 26 shortly before 2:30 p.m. officers received a report of a traffic complaint on County Road 10. The vehicle was located and officers spoke to the driver and administered a screening device. The driver was arrested and transported to detachment for further testing. A 49-year-old from Loyalist Township was charged with operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs and operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus).

On Tuesday, July 25 shortly after 10 officers responded to a call for service at an address in Picton and observed an individual on an ATV. A screening device was administered and the driver was arrested and transported to the detachment for further testing. A 36-year-old was charged with Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs; Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus); Dangerous operation and Operation while prohibited under the Criminal Code.

On Sunday, July 23 shortly before midnight officers conducted a traffic stop on County Road 1 and spoke to the driver, leading to the administration of a screening device. The driver was arrested and transported to detachment for further testing. A 25-year-old from Belleville was charged with operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs and operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus).

On Saturday, July 22 shortly before 3 a.m. officers conducted a traffic stop on County Road 1 and subsequent investigation led to the administration of a screening device. A search of the vehicle led to the seizure of suspected cocaine. The driver was arrested and transported to the detachment for further testing. A 25-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 one substance – cocaine.

On Tuesday, July 18 shortly after 1 p.m. officers responded to a report of a traffic complaint on Highway 62. Officers located the vehicle and a screening device was administered. A 59-year-old from Limerick was charged with operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs and operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus).

On Thursday, July 13 shortly after 3 a.m. officers were conducting a RIDE program on Highway 62 near Rossmore when a vehicle entered the program. A screening device was administered and the driver was arrested and transported to detachment for further testing. A 22-year-old from Prince Edward County was charged with operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs, operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus) and driving motor vehicle with open container of liquor.

On Tuesday, July 11 shortly before 1:30 a.m. officers were conducting a RIDE program on Bridge Street in Picton when a vehicle entered the program. A screening device was administered and the driver was arrested and transported to detachment. A 33-year-old from Prince Edward County was charged with operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs and operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus).

On Sunday, July 9 shortly before 10:30 p.m. officers responded to a report of a single vehicle incident on Wesley Acres Road. As a result of subsequent investigation an approved screening device was administered. The driver was arrested and transported to detachment for further testing. A 46-year-old from Frankford was charged with operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs and operation whil e impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus).

 

One person in custody following call about gun shots

OPP East Region report one person is in custody following a call about gun shots at a residence in Picton.

Around 10:15 a.m., Sunday, Prince Edward OPP responded to the call with the Tactics and Rescue Unit and Canine. Police stated there were no public safety concerns.

OPP East Region reports the ARWEN was utilized and one person was arrested. (The Anti Riot Weapon ENfield (ARWEN) launcher fires 37 mm non-lethal rounds (foam or wooden or tear gas payload) designed for riot control.)

The Special Investigations Unit Ontario was notified and invoked its mandate. The SIU is a civilian law enforcement agency, independent of the police, that conducts criminal investigations into circumstances involving police and civilians. The SIU investigates actions resulting in serious injury, death, the discharge of a firearm at a person or an allegation of sexual assault.

Child consumed cannabis chocolate

Following treatment in hospital of a 20-month-old infant who had consumed cannabis chocolate, local police are reminding the public to keep dangerous substances out of the reach of children.

“Whether it be alcohol, prescribed medication or other drug, be sure these items are stored out of reach of children,” states Const. Aaron Miller, PEC OPP Community Safety Officer. “Children are curious and quick.”

On Thursday, July 20 at 4:30 p.m. OPP responded alongside Hastings Quinte Paramedic Service to the residence following the report the infant had consumed a quantity of cannabis chocolate. The child was transported to hospital for treatment.

Search warrant leads to charges

Prince Edward OPP conducted a search warrant resulting in several parties being arrested.

On Thursday, July 20 around 5 a.m. officers, with the assistance of the East Region Emergency Response Team and the East Region Community Street Crime Unit, conducted a search warrant at an address on London Avenue in Picton.

As a result, a number of individuals were arrested and officers seized a quantity of suspected cocaine and other drug paraphernalia. A 50-year-old from Prince Edward County was charged with three counts of failure to comply with release order – other than to attend court. The accused was held for a bail hearing before the Ontario Court of Justice in Belleville. The other parties were released unconditionally.

Anyone with information is asked to call 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may submit a tip to Crime Stoppers at www.ontariocrimestoppers.ca or 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).

Police report fraud investigation with loss of more than 100,000

Prince Edward OPP have charged a Prince Edward County resident with numerous offences including fraud with a reported loss of more than $100,000.

OPP first received the report in October 2022 and conducted an investigation into conduct since with the assistance of the Prince Edward County Crime Unit.

The 64-year-old was charged with Fraud over $5000, Theft over $5000
Criminal Breach of Trust, Forgery, Mischief- obstructs, interrupts or interferes with the lawful use, enjoyment or operation of property.

She was released from custody and is to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on Aug. 16, 2023.

Driver provided false ID

Prince Edward OPP charged an individual after providing officers with false identity Saturday, July 15 shortly before 9 p.m. while officers ere conducting a traffic stop on County Road 10.

Subsequent investigation revealed the driver had provided false identification. A 34-year-old from Brantford was charged with Obstruct peace officer, Driving while under suspension, Driver fail to surrend er licence, Fail to have insurance card, Drive vehicle or boat with cannabis readily available.

The driver was released from custody and is to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on Aug. 16, 2023.

Vehicle over the cliff at Lake on the Mountain

An 88-year old driver was left with only minor injuries after driving over the cliff at Lake on the Mountain Provincial Park Saturday.

Prince Edward OPP responded to a call there July 15 at about 9 a.m. alongside Prince Edward County Fire and Rescue and Hastings Quinte Paramedic Service.

“Thanks to the quick thinking by members of the fire service, the vehicle was secured and driver assisted out of the vehicle,” said Constable Aaron Miller, in his media report. The driver was transported to hospital with minor injuries.

Suspended driver found to have drugs, pellet gun

Prince Edward OPP charged a driver with a number of offences as a result of a RIDE program. Sunday July 2 around 1:45 a.m.

Officers were conducting a RIDE program on Main Street Picton when a vehicle entered and officers observed what appeared to be a firearm.

As a result of a subsequent search of the vehicle, officers seized digital scales, a pellet gun, cell phone, quantity of Canadian currency and a quantity of suspected cocaine. A standard field sobriety test was administered and the driver was taken for further testing. A 19-year-old from Prince Edward County was charged with Possession of a schedule 1 substance for the purpose of trafficking – cocaine; Possession of imitation weapon for dangerous purpose; Importation of anything for use in, production of/trafficking in schedule 1 or schedule 2 substance; Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs and Driving while under suspension

The driver was released from custody and is to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on Aug. 2. The driver also had their vehicle impounded for seven days.

Driver in three-vehicle collision charged

Prince Edward OPP charged a driver as a result of a three vehicle collision on Canada Day shortly after 3 p.m. at Highway 62 and County Road 1.

There were no injuries as a result of the collision, officers conducted traffic control while the scene was cleared and investigated. A 47-year-old driver from Sainte-Therese Quebec was charged with traffic on through highway- fail to yield.

Person charged with mischief

Prince Edward OPP charged an individual following a disturbance downtown Picton.

On Saturday July 1, shortly after 2 a.m. officers received a call for service at a business on Picton Main Street. The report stated an individual had damaged the business.

Officers arrived and during the arrest the individual assaulted and threatened the officer. A 63-year-old from Prince Edward County was charged with Assault a peace officer; Uttering threats – cause death or bodily harm; Mischief under $5000 and Possess unmarked cigarettes.

The person is to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on Aug. 30.

Canine unit assists with arrest

A 28-year-old Picton man faces several charges following an incident on Airport Road in Quinte West on Canada Day.

On July 1, at approximately 9 p.m., Quinte West OPP responded to a single vehicle incident and found the driver fled the scene prior to their arrival. The OPP’s Canine Unit was dispatched to assist and the driver was located, arrested and charged with Operation while impaired – Alcohol or drugs; Refusal to comply with breath demand; Fail to stop after accident; Operation while prohibited – Three counts; Fail to comply with probation order – Two counts and Fail to comply with undertaking

The accused was held in custody pending a bail hearing at the Ontario Court of Justice in Belleville.

Driver charged in RIDE program

Prince Edward OPP charged a driver with impaired as a result of a RIDE program.

Members were conducting the RIDE (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) program on Friday June 30 shortly before midnight near County Roads 10 and 18 when a vehicle turned around in advance of the program.

Officers located and stopped the vehicle a short distance away. Investigation led to the administration of an approved screening device. A 50-year-old from Toronto was arrested and 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 to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on August 2. The driver also had their vehicle impounded for seven days and licence suspended for 90 days.

Driver charged

Prince Edward OPP charged a driver following an incident on County Road 3 Tuesday, June 25 shortly after 8:30 p.m.

Officers were responding to a report of a motor vehicle collision and located the vehicle but no person was around. The 65-year-old driver, of Prince Edward County, was located nearby, arrested and charged with Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs; Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus).
The driver was released on an undertaking and is to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on Aug. 2. They also had their drivers licence suspended for 90 days and vehicle impounded for seven days

Several drivers charged

Prince Edward OPP charged several drivers with impaired driving offences over the course of the week.

On Wednesday, June 28 shortly after 4 p.m. officers received a request for assistance advising there appeared to be a driver lying down near Loyalist Parkway in Wellington. As a result of subsequent investigation an approved screening device was administered. A 62-year-old from Windsor was arrested and transported to detachment for further testing. The driver was charged with operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs and operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus). The driver had their vehicle impounded for seven days and licence suspended for 90 days. The driver was released from custody and is to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on July 19.

On Monday, June 26, just before 11:30 p.m. officers were conducting a RIDE program on Highway 62 near Rossmore when a vehicle came through.
Further investigation led to the search of the driver and vehicle. As a result, officers seized an amount of suspected cocaine as well as two cellular phones. A 34-year-old from Belleville was arrested and charged with possession of a schedule one substance for the purpose of trafficking – cocaine as well as driving while under suspension. The driver was held for a bail hearing the next day in the Ontario Court of Justice in Belleville. Two other occupants were also arrested and were released. The vehicle was impounded for seven days.

On Sunday, June 25 shortly before 4 a.m. officers conducted a traffic stop on Lake Street in Picton. The driver exited the vehicle and entered a building where they were later located by police. The driver was arrested and transported to detachment for further testing. A 24-year-old from Napanee was charged with operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs and operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus). The driver had their vehicle impounded for seven days and licence suspended for 90 days. The driver was released from custody and is to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on July 19.

On Friday June 23, just before 8:30 p.m. officers received a request for assistance from wardens who had two vehicles stopped at Sandbanks Provincial Park.
Officers arrived and administered a screening device. As a result, one driver was arrested and transported to detachment for further testing. The second driver refused to provide a sample. That driver was arrested.
A 27-year-old from Newmarket was charged with operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs and operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus). A 28-year-old from Newmarket was charged with failure or refusal to comply with demand. Both drivers had their vehicles impounded for seven days and licences suspended for 90 days. They were released from custody and are scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on July 19.

Drivers charged

Prince Edward OPP charged two drivers with impaired operation.

On Friday, June 16 shortly after 2:30 p.m. officers received a traffic complaint regarding a vehicle travelling on County Road 17. The vehicle was located near Picton and subsequent investigation led to the administration of an approved screening device. The driver was arrested and transported to detachment for further testing. A 55-year-old from Quinte West, was charged with Operat ion while impaired – alcohol and drugs and Operation while impaired- blood alcohol concentration (80 plus)
The driver was released and is to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on June 28, 2023. They also had their vehicle impounded for seven days.

Later in the day, officers were on patrol shortly after 11 p.m. when a vehicle was stopped on Talbot Street in Picton. Subsequent investigation led to the administration of an approved screening device and the driver was arrested and transported to detachment for further testing. A 37-year-old from Prince Edward County was charged with Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs and Operation while impaired- blood alcohol concentration (80 plus)
The driver was released and is to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on July 5, 2023. They also had their vehicle impounded for seven days.

The OPP thank those who continue to remain vigilant for impaired drivers. Everyone is encouraged to report impaired drivers by calling 911.

Online puppy scam reported

Prince Edward OPP remind people to be cautious online following a report of a puppy scam.

On Saturday, June 10 an individual reported attempting to purchase a puppy through an online social media platform. The individual sent $1,300 and later confirmed it was a scam; there were no puppies for sale.

OPP recommend people conduct research and confirm the legitimacy of organizations or transactions before continuing online. Follow these tips:
Pump the brakes and ask more questions
Ask for credentials
Listen to the inner voice that says “this doesn’t sound right”
Be weary of any request for cash or cryptocurrency
Be cautious of the sense of urgency
Do not be rushed into sending money

Remember: legitimate agencies will never pressure you for information over the phone or demand money immediately.

Driver charged

Prince Edward OPP charged a driver with impaired operation following several complaints.

On Thursday, June 15, shortly before 11 a.m. officers received several traffic complaints regarding a vehicle travelling on Highway 62. The vehicle was located in Picton where the driver appeared asleep behind the wheel. Subsequent investigation led to the arrest of the driver who was transported to detachment for further testing. A 45-year-old from Prince Edward County was charged with Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugsand Operation while impaired- blood alcohol concentration (80 plus).

The driver was released and is to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on July 5, 2023. They also had their vehicle impounded for a seven days.

The OPP would like to thank those who continue to remain vigilant for impaired drivers. Everyone is encouraged to report impaired drivers by calling 911.

 

Driver charged

Prince Edward OPP charged a driver with impaired operation Friday June 2 just after 8 p.m. following a traffic stop on Loyalist Parkway near Picton for a traffic offence.

Subsequent investigation led to the administration of an approved screening device. The driver was arrested and transported to the Prince Edward County detachment for further testing. A 55-year-old from Prince Edward County, 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 to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice June 28. They also had their drivers licence suspended for 90 days and vehicle impounded for seven days.

Driver charged after car struck tree

Prince Edward OPP charged a driver with impaired operation after a vehicle struck a tree Tuesday May 23 shortly after 11:30 a.m. Officers were notified by Hastings Quinte Paramedic Service of a single vehicle on County Road 22 near Airport Lane.

The driver was treated by paramedics on scene. As a result of further investigation the driver was arrested and transported to detachment for further testing. A 68-year-old from Prince Edward County was charged with Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs; Operation while impaired- blood alcohol concentration (80 plus); Dangerous operation and Driving while under suspension.

The driver was released and is to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on June 14, 2023. They also had their vehicle impounded for a period of seven days.

Person charged following family dispute

Prince Edward OPP charged a person with assault, mischief and impaired driving charges after responding to call about a family dispute.

On Monday, May 22, around 9 p.m. officers received a call for service in Picton where an individual had assaulted his mother and stolen her vehicle. During the interaction, damage was caused to the house. The individual had left the scene prior to police arrival but later returned to the area. It was further learned that the individual was operating the vehicle after consuming alcohol.

A 31 year-old from Yarker was arrested and charged with: Assault
Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs; Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus); Take motor vehicle without consent; Mischief under $5,000 and Fail to comply with probation order.

The name of the accused is being withheld to protect the identity of the victim. The individual was held for a bail hearing before the Ontario Court of Justice on Tuesday May 23.

Driver charged

Prince Edward OPP charged a driver with impaired driving Sunday May 21 around 8:30 p.m. following a traffic complaint on Loyalist Parkway near Consecon.

As a result of further investigation an approved screening device was administered. The driver was arrested and transported to the detachment for further testing. A 55-year-old from Scarborough 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 to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on June 14. They also had their driver’s licence suspended for 90 days and vehicle impounded for a period of seven days. OPP thank people for being vigilant for impaired drivers. Everyone is encouraged to report impaired drivers to police by calling 911.

Person charged with sexual assault – police seek assistance in case

Prince Edward OPP have charged an individual with sexual assault after a traffic stop.

On Tuesday, May 9, 2023 shortly before 10:30 p.m., officers conducting a RIDE program on Highway 62 near Rossmore observed a vehicle that appeared to be trying to avoid officers.

A traffic stop was conducted and an officer observed an incapacitated female passenger in distress. Further investigation led to the arrest of the driver.

A 23-year-old from Belleville was charged with sexual assault. The accused was held for a bail hearing before the Ontario Court of Justice in Belleville.

The investigation remains ongoing. Police are looking for anyone who may have seen a dark coloured sedan in the area on Tuesday May 9, 2023 between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

If you have any information regarding this investigation, please contact the Prince Edward County OPP Detachment at 1-888-310-1122 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

Person charged with sexual offences

A 65-year-old Prince Edward County resident is facing sexual offence charges following an investigation by Prince Edward OPP.

On Thursday May 4, officers with the assistance of the Prince Edward County Crime Unit, attended a residence in Ameliasburgh and executed a search warrant.

The 65-year-old was arrested and charged with the following offences:
Sexual assault on a person under 16 years of age
Sexual interference
Unauthorized possession of a firearm
Unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm
Careless storage of firearm, weapon, prohibited device or ammunition

The person was released from custody and is to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at a later date. The name of the accused is not being released to protect the identity of the victims.

Drug charges follow traffic complaint investigation

Prince Edward OPP have charged three people with numerous offences as a result of a reported traffic complaint.

On Sunday, May 7 around 1:30 p.m. officers received a report of a possible impaired driver leaving an address on Bridge Street in Picton. Officers located and stopped the vehicle on Paul Street.

Further investigation led to the arrest of the driver who was transported to detachment for further testing. Two other occupants were also arrested as result of further investigation.

A subsequent search of the vehicle led to the discovery of a quantity of suspected fentanyl, a quantity of suspected cocaine, a quantity of suspected hydromorphone, Canadian currency, cellular phones and assorted drug paraphernalia.

With the assistance of the East Region Community Street Crime Unit, three individuals from Perth were charged.

Charges include possession of a schedule one substance for the purpose of trafficking – Cocaine and two charges for other drugs.

One was further charged with operation while impaired- alcohol and drugs and operation while impaired- blood drug concentration.

Another was also charged with possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime under $5,000.

All three individuals were released and are to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on June 21.

10-year–old struck by livestock

A 10-year-old struck by livestock in the area of County road 49 was taken to hospital by ambulance with unknown injuries.

Prince Edward OPP responded to the call alongside Hastings Quinte EMS and Prince Edward County Fire and Rescue.

No further details are available. The investigation remains ongoing.

In a media report in Kingstonist.com, a person attributed as the child’s mother stated the child was recovering from minor injuries.

Police warn of potentially lethal substance being sent by mail

The Ontario Provincial Police is warning people about packages, containing a potentially lethal substance, that may have been sent to individuals at risk of self-harm in communities across Ontario.

The packages contain sodium nitrite, which was being sold online and distributed by mail. If you or someone in your home has received a package from the businesses listed below, please contact the OPP or your local police service immediately.
Imtime Cuisine
AmbuCA
Academic / ACademic
Escape Mode / escMode
ICemac

The ongoing investigation has found that packages may have been sent to more than a dozen communities across the province, as well as other parts of the world. Peel Regional Police have arrested a suspect believed to be responsible for providing this product.

Sodium nitrite is a white, crystalline substance used as a food additive and commonly found in processed meats. Intentional consumption of excessive amounts of this substance can reduce oxygen-levels, impair breathing and can result in death.

The OPP is calling on everyone to be vigilant of the online transactions and activity of family members and the arrival of any unexpected packages in the mail.

Anyone with information or who has received a package you suspect may contain sodium nitrite, should contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at ontariocrimestoppers.ca.

Person charged with sexual offences

A 48-year-old faces sexual offences charges and child pornography charges following an investigation by Prince Edward OPP.

Officers executed a search warrant at an Ameliasburgh home Thursday, April 27 with the assistance of the Prince Edward County Crime Unit, East Region Forensic Identification Services and the OPP Digital Forensics Unit, attended a residence. The warrant was a result of an ongoing investigation.
Charges include:
Invitation to sexual touching under 16 years of age – two counts
Possession of child pornography
Access any child pornography
Sexual assault – five counts
Unauthorized possession of a firearm
Sexual interference – four counts
The name of the accused is not being released to protect the identity of the victims. The individual was held for a bail hearing before the Ontario Court of Justice in Belleville.

Four drivers charged with impaired driving over the weekend

Prince Edward OPP have charged four people with impaired driving over the weekend.

On Friday April 28th, just before 5 p.m., officers responded to a traffic complaint on Ontario Street. Further investigation led to the arrest of the driver who was transported to the detachment for further testing.

The 81-year-old from Picton was charged with operation while impaired- blood alcohol concentration. They are scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on May 17, 2023.

Shortly after, at approximately 5:30 p.m., officers conducted a traffic stop on Low Street where testing led to a driver being arrested and transported to detachment for further testing.

A 70-year-old from Picton, was charged with operation while impaired and operation while impaired- blood alcohol concentration. They are scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on May 24.

On Sunday, April 30th around 2:30 a.m., officers were conducting a ride program on Highway 62 when they spoke to a driver and upon further investigation, the driver was arrested and transported to detachment for further testing.

A 21-year-old from Kingsville, was charged with operation while impaired and operation while impaired- blood alcohol concentration. They are scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on May 31, 2023.

Later Sunday evening, at approximately 10:03 p.m., officers conducted a traffic stop on Highway 62 and as a result of the investigation, a screening device was utilized. The driver was arrested and transported to detachment for further testing.

A 37-year-old from Picton was charged with operation while impaired and operation while impaired- blood alcohol concentration. They are scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on May 24.

All four drivers also had their licence suspended for a period of 90 days and vehicles impounded for seven days.

Two charged after leaving stolen vehicle

Prince Edward OPP charged two people Thursday, April 27, following investigation of a report of a vehicle on County Road 1 near County Road 2.

Officers arrived on scene to discover the occupants had left the scene. Officers responded along with the assistance of the East Region Canine Unit, and located two individuals a short distance away. As a result of further investigation, it was determined the vehicle had been stolen.

A 22-year-old from Quinte West was arrested and charged with:
Possession of property obtained by crime under $5000
Operation while impaired – blood drug concentration
Dangerous operation
Theft under $5000 of a motor vehicle
Failure to comply with undertaking
Fail to remain
Fail to report accident
Drive motor vehicle- no licence

A 25-year-old from Marmora and the Lake was also arrested and charged with possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000, fail to comply with probation order and fail to report accident.

Both individuals were held for a bail hearing before the Ontario Court of Justice in Belleville.

Youths charged in assault at park

Prince Edward OPP charged two young people in relation to an assault at a park in Picton last October where another youth was assaulted and had some of their possessions taken.
A 14-year-old and a 17-year old have been charged with Robbery with violence; Uttering threats – cause death or bodily harm; Assault, Theft under $5000 and Mischief – destroys or damages property .

Both young people were released from custody and are to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at a later date. The identity of the accused is not released in accordance with the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

The OPP remind parents to discuss the implications of bullying with their children. Parents looking for resources to assist with these discussions can visit the Canadian Centre for Child Protection.

Driver charged

On Sunday April 23, 2023 around 1:00 a.m. officers conducting a RIDE program at Bridge and Union streets in Picton stopped a vehicle a short distance away.

Officer administered a screening device and the driver was arrested and transported to detachment for further testing. A 22-year-old from Kingston, 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 to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on May 17, 2023. They also had their drivers licence suspended for 90 days and vehicle impounded for seven days.

Police find gun, drugs after chase

Prince Edward OPP have charged two people with numerous offences following an investigation and chase Wednesday, April 19.

As a result of a drug investigation, officers said they attempted to stop a vehicle on County Road 49 on Wednesday around 2:30 p.m.

“The vehicle fled from police and continued travelling in a manner dangerous to the public,” said Const. Aaron Miller  in a news release.  “Police attempted to deploy a spike strip on Highway 62 however the suspect vehicle evaded police and continued northbound at a high rate of speed.”

Officers located the vehicle abandoned in the woods off Valley Road. With the assistance of the East Region Canine Unit and East Region Community Street Crime Unit, the vehicle occupants were located at a nearby residence.

Officers located a loaded handgun, high-capacity magazine, handcuffs, a quantity of suspected cocaine, Canadian currency and other drug paraphernalia.

Two people – a 28-year-old from Toronto and a 33-year-old from Deseronto were charged with the following offences:
Carrying concealed weapon
Possession for dangerous purpose
Possession of prohibited or restricted firearm with ammo
Knowledge of unauthorized possession of firearm
Unauthorized possession of firearm
Failure to comply with release order – other than to attend court – four counts
Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime under $5000
Possession of a schedule one substance for the purpose of trafficking – Cocaine
Occupant of motor vehicle knowing there was a firearm

The Toronto resident was further charged with:
Flight from peace officer
Dangerous operation
Possession of firearm or ammunition contrary to prohibition order – four counts

Both were held for a bail hearing.

Charged with weapons offence

A 33-year-old County resident was arrested and charged with assault with a weapon and two counts of mischief under $5,000.

Prince Edward OPP, around 8 p.m. Tuesday April 18, received a call for service at an address on Big Island. Reports were that an individual had been injured after having an item thrown at them. Hastings Quinte Paramedic Services attended alongside OPP and treated the victim for minor injuries.

The accused was held for a bail hearing before the Ontario Court of Justice on Wednesday April 19, 2023.

Officers seize imitation firearm, drugs

Prince Edward OPP seized animitation firearm and drugs during a RIDE program stop Monday, April 11 around 1:30 a.m.

A vehicle entered the program on Highway 62 near Rossmore and officers observed open liquor, leading to a search of the vehicle. One occupant provided officers with false information and it was later learned this occupant had an outstanding warrant.

Officers seized an imitation firearm, a quantity of suspected methamphetamine and a quantity of suspected cocaine.

With the assistance of the East Region Community Street Crime Unit, two Belleville residents, ages 31 and 32 were arrested and charged with Possession of a schedule one substance for the purpose of trafficking – cocaine; Possession of a schedule one substance for the purpose of trafficking – methamphetamine; Having liquor in open container in unauthorized place.

One was further charged with obstruct peace officer and three counts of fail to comply with probation order.

Both were held for a bail hearing before the Ontario Court of Justice.

More than 200 traffic stops in long weekend driving campaign

Prince Edward OPP conducted 231 traffic stops over the Easter long weekend in a bid to engage in proactive education and enforcement.

Of the 231 stops, there were 77 charges laid. Two of these were drivers failing to properly wear a seat belt, 15 were passengers failing to wear a seat belt. There were 209 warnings issued, 13 RIDE (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) programs and seven foot patrols.
There was also one impaired driver, and one ‘warn’ range suspension.

Driver charged

Prince Edward County OPP charged a driver with impaired driving Friday, April 7 around 11:30 p.m. while officers were conducting a RIDE program at Loyalist Parkway and Mallory Road.

A 47-year-old from Prince Edward County was arrested and transported to detachment for further testing, then chared with Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs – and Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration.

The driver was released from custody and is to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on May 3. They also had their drivers licence suspended for 90 days and vehicle impounded for a period of seven days.

Two charged with drug offences

Two residents face drug offence charges after the Prince Edward County OPP executed a search warrant at a Picton address.

Late in the day Wednesday April 5, members of the East Region Community Street Crime Unit, with the assistance of the East Region Emergency Response Team, executed a search warrant. As a result, officers located a quantity of suspected cocaine, scales and other drug paraphernalia, two batons and a quantity of Canadian currency.

A 37-year-old and 33-year-old were located and arrested. Both were charged with possession of a schedule one substance for the purpose of trafficking – cocaine and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose. The 37-year-old was held for a bail hearing in the Ontario Court of Justice in Belleville on Thursday April 6, 2023 and the 33-year-old was released from custody and is to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on May 31.

Three charged with impaired driving

Prince Edward OPP have charged three people with impaired driving over the weekend.

On Saturday, April 1 shortly after 10 p.m., officers conducted a traffic stop on County Road 3. Investigation led to a screening device being utilized and as a result, the driver was arrested and transported to detachment for further testing.
A 65-year-old from Consecon was charged with Operation while impaired and Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration.

On Sunday, April 2, shortly after 3 a.m., officers conducted a traffic stop on Highway 62. Following use of a screening device, the driver was arrested and transported to detachment for further testing.
A 20-year-old from Prince Edward County, was charged with Operation while impaired and Operation while impaired- blood alcohol concentration.

On Monday, April 3, shortly after 2:30 a.m., officers stopped a vehicle on Highway 62 for a traffic related offence. Following use of a screening device, the driver was arrested and transported to detachment for further testing.
A 34-year-old from Prince Edward County was charged with Operation while impaired and Operation while impaired- blood alcohol concentration.

The three accused were released from custody and are scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice May 17. All three drivers also had their licence suspended for a period of 90 days and vehicles impounded for a period of seven days.

Driver charged

On Wednesday, March 22 around 8:30 p.m. Prince Edward OPP officers conducted a traffic stop on County Road 5. As a result of further investigation and use of a screening device, a 19-year-old driver from Napanee was transported to the detachment for further testing and 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 to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice May 3. They also had their drivers licence suspended for 90 days and vehicle impounded for a period of seven days.

Driver charged

Prince Edward OPP charged a driver Friday, March 17 at approximately 11 p.m. when officers conducted a traffic stop on Miller Road after receiving a complaint from a member of the public.

Further investigation led to the administration of an screening device and as a result, the driver was arrested and transported to detachment for further testing. A 39-year-old from Milford was charged with Operation while impaired, Failure or refusal to comply with demand, Drive motor vehicle – no licence and Fail to have insurance card.

The driver was released from custody and is to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on April 19. They also had their drivers licence suspended for 90 days and vehicle impounded for a period of seven days.

Driver charged

Prince Edward OPP charged a driver with impaired at a RIDE program Tuesday, March 14 shortly after 1:30 a.m. on Highway 62 near Rossmore.

Officers spoke to a driver and a screening device was administered. As a result, a 23-year-old from Prince Edward County was charged with Operation while impaired and Operation while impaired- blood alcohol concentration.

The driver was released from custody and is to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice April 19. They also had their drivers licence suspended for 90 days and vehicle impounded for seven days.

Impaired driving charges

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

On Sunday, March 5 shortly after 1:30 a.m. officers conducting a RIDE program on Highway 62 near County Road 3 in Rossmore, spoke with a driver and administered a screening device. As a result, the driver was arrested and transported to detachment for further testing.
A 51-year-old from Marysville was charged with operation while impaired- blood alcohol concentration (80 plus). The driver was released and is to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on April 12. The driver also had their licence suspended for a period of 90 days and vehicle impounded for a period of seven days.

On Monday, March 6 shortly after 12 a.m. officers stopped a vehicle near Lalor Street in Picton for a traffic related offence.

Further investigation led to the administration of a screening device. As such, the driver was arrested and transported to detachment for further testing. A 37-year-old from Prince Edward County was charged with operation while impaired- blood alcohol concentration (80 plus).
The driver was released and is to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on April 12. The driver also had their licence suspended for a period of 90 days and vehicle impounded for a period of seven days.

 

Driver faces multiple charges

Prince Edward OPP have charged a driver with impaired after a traffic stop.

On Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023 shortly after 4:30 p.m. officers conducted a traffic stop on Lake Street in Picton and spoke with a driver. A standard field sobriety test was administered and as a result, the driver was transported to detachment for further testing. The driver was found to be prohibited from driving. A 30-year-old from Trenton, was charged with Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs; operation while prohibited under the Criminal Code – three counts; Failure or refusal to comply with demand; Driving while under suspension ; Drive vehicle or boat with cannabis readily available and Smoke tobacco in motor vehicle while another person less than 16 years old present – two counts.
The driver was held for a bail hearing before the Ontario Court of Justice on Wednesday March 1, 2023.

OPP intercept ‘grandparent scammers’

Prince Edward OPP intercepted two individuals attempting to victimize a couple with the grandparent scam.

On Friday, Feb. 24, OPP received a report from a couple who advised falling victim to the fraudsters through the grandparent scam on the previous day. They lost $8,000 cash in an elaborate scam claiming a loved one was in trouble with law enforcement.

Later in the day, with the assistance of the East Region Community Street Crime Unit and OPP Canine Unit, officers intercepted two individuals who were attempting to further victimize the same couple requesting an additional $9,500.

Thanks to the Manager of Customer Service at TD Canada Trust, one person was able to thwart the fraudsters. When they attended the branch to attempt to withdraw $10,000 the employee started asking questions and suggested they think twice, directing them to the OPP for more information.

They called the OPP and subsequently, the two fraudsters were arrested while leaving the victim’s residence.

A 64-year-old from Montreal, and a 22-year-old from Saint-Leonard have both been charged with two counts each of fraud over $5,000. Both were held for a bail hearing before the Ontario Court of Justice in Belleville on Feb. 25.

Police note that the victims caught on to the suspected fraud and took action. To avoid becoming a victim follow these tips:
Call the relative who is allegedly in trouble
Pump the brakes and ask more questions
Ask for credentials
Listen to the inner voice that says “this doesn’t sound right”
Criminal Justice System does not allow for someone to be bailed out of jail with cash or cryptocurrency
Be weary of any request to “not tell anyone”
Be cautious of the sense of urgency

Remember: legitimate agencies will never pressure you for information over the phone or demand money immediately.

Person who fled was found and charged with domestic assault

Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) charged an individual with domestic assault, following a search.

Shortly after 5:30 a.m. Feb. 23, officers responded to a 911 call at an address on County Road 3 in Prince Edward County. Further investigation revealed an assault had occurred in a domestic relationship and that there were currently multiple outstanding warrants for the suspect.

Later in the day, with the assistance of the East Region Community Street Crime Unit and the OPP Canine Unit, a warrant was executed at an address in Picton. Units located the individual hiding in the attic of a residence and arrested and further charged with domestic assault.

Combined with the charges from the outstanding warrant, the individual was held in custody and is to appear at a bail hearing before the Ontario Court of Justice in Belleville. The name of the accused is being withheld to protect the identity of the victim.

Drivers charged

Prince Edward OPP charged two drivers with impaired offences in separate occurrences.

On Saturday, Feb. 18 shortly after 9 a.m. officers responded to a report of a vehicle that had rolled over on County Road 23. Officers responded alongside Hastings Quinte Paramedic Service who transported the driver to hospital. The driver was arrested and further testing was conducted. As a result, a 23-year-old from Prince Edward County, was charged with Operation while impaired; Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration; Dangerous operation and Novice driver – B.A.C. above zero.
The driver was released on an appearance notice and is to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on March 15, 2023. They also had their drivers licence suspended for 90 days and vehicle impounded for seven days.

On Monday Feb. 20 officers observed a vehicle on Highway 62 travelling at 146km/h. A traffic stop was conducted and in speaking with the driver an approved screening device was administered. As a result the driver was taken to detachment for further testing. A 21-old-year from Cameron was charged with Operation while impaired; Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration; Operation while prohibited under the Criminal Code and Drive motor vehicle – perform stunt – excessive speed.

The driver was released on an undertaking and is to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on March 15, 2023. They also had their vehicle impounded for 45 days.

 

Driver charged

Prince Edward OPP officers responded alongside Hastings Quinte Paramedic Services to a motor vehicle incident near Rossmore Tuesday, Feb. 14 shortly before 4 p.m.

The driver was treated for minor injuries and subsequent investigation led to the arrest of the driver who was then taken to the detachment for further testing. A 27-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 March 8. They also had their drivers licence suspended for 90 days and vehicle impounded for seven days.

Avoid complex door-to-door sales scams 

Ontario’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is shining a light on a multi-layered door-to-door sales scam, which leaves victims with poor renovations, liens or a mortgage on their homes.

Despite rules banning door-to-door sales, criminals have not stopped. Those involved in these frauds are persuasive and persistent. They continue to visit the homes of vulnerable individuals and endear themselves, giving the impression they are a friendly helper.

HOW DOES THIS FRAUD UNFOLD?

Fraudsters approach individuals at the door of their home or by phone and use compelling tactics to persuade the homeowner that a new appliance, contract or service is required; something that was never asked for or needed. These have included: air cleaners, air conditioners, air purifiers, duct cleaning, furnaces, water filters, water heaters, water treatment devices or even bundles of these goods and services.

After the service has been completed or device installed, a few things can happen to make a bad situat ion even worse.

Whether by phone or in person:

  • The victim is contacted by someone claiming to be from a law firm offering assistance to exit previously signed contracts, remove possible liens and consolidate incurred debts. Victims are told they may be eligible to receive a grant for a significant amount of money IF they agree to exit the contract.
  • If a grant was offered, the victim is contacted by a home renovation company and is persuaded to sign a contract and speak with a finance company on the phone. They are led to believe this is required to comply with the grant, BUT it is actually the process to have a mortgage approved on their home.
  • The funds are then deposited into the victim’s bank account, leading the victim to believe they have received the grant, but it is actually funds from the home equity mortgage taken out on their home.
  • The victim is told not to touch the money, as it must go toward renovations, as well as to the payments they were making for installed equipment.

TIPS TO PROTECT YOURSELF/YOUR LOVED ONES

  • Answer your door only if you are expecting an invited guest
  • Do not allow unsolicited visitors into your home
  • Hang up on unsolicited phone calls
  • Never share personal information or copies of any bills or financial statements
  • Do not make a decision on the spot
  • Do not sign blank documents
  • Take the time to understand what you are signing and ask questions
  • Do not answer questions on a phone/video call if you are being told the answers by someone else (if someone is telling you to answer ‘yes’/ ‘no’)
  • Check regularly on family or others who might be vulnerable to persuasive and persistent individuals
  • Talk to the bank about a vulnerable loved one to prevent suspicious withdrawals
  • Understand no renovations are free
  • Visit Canada.ca to re view green grant opportunities
  • Ask yourself: why has this person offered to help and how do they know your situation
  • Consider checking your credit history online at TransUnion and Equifax
  • Look up your property on the Land Registry Ontario website
  • Install video cameras around your home or video capturing doorbells

RED FLAGS

  • The person visiting you says you have won a class-action lawsuit regarding the installation of your equipment and the money can only be used towards renovations to your home
  • You are told your home is now a ‘green home’ after the installation of some equipment and therefore you qualify for a grant. A condition of the grant is that you can only use the money to do renovations or add more equipment
  • A financial company approaches you, unsolicited, indicating they can help you get out of payments or to consolidate your debt
  • If you are told renovations are free
  • If you do not have input on the renovations a company does or what materials they use
  • If you are pressured to have renovations started right away
  • Renovations in these frauds have included: flooring, painting, smart thermostats, vanities, sinks, toilets, showers, kitchens cabinets and insulation. They are often poor quality and are left unfinished

If you believe you have become a victim of fraud, contact your local police service and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 (toll-free) or report online on the Fraud Reporting System (FRS). You can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or report the incident online at www.ontariocrimestoppers.ca.

Driver charged

On Sunday, Feb. 12, 2023 shortly after 12 a.m. Prince Edward OPP officers were conducting a RIDE program on County Road 49 when a vehicle entered the location. Officers spoke with the driver and administered an approved screening device. As a result, the driver was arrested and transported to the detachment for further testing. A 29-year-old from Stone Mills, 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 March 1, 2023. They also had their drivers licence suspended for 90 days and vehicle impounded for seven days.

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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