Bruce Peninsula OPP Report: Impaired Drivers Charged

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Media Release

(SOUTH BRUCE PENINSULA, ON) – On September 23, 2020 at 9:59 p.m., Grey Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) observed a (green) car that was stopped on Highway 6, near Weirs Road, South Bruce Peninsula. 

OPP officers spoke with the driver, who displayed signs of impairment. The driver was arrested for impaired driving and was transported to the Grey Bruce OPP detachment in Wiarton. A breath test, conducted by a Qualified Breath Technician at the detachment, recorded over twice the legal limit of 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. 

Grey Bruce OPP have charged a 27 year old from Northern Bruce Peninsula, ON, with operation of a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol, section 320.14(1)(a) Criminal Code of Canada (CC) and operation while impaired with blood alcohol concentration 80 mgs or more, section 320.14(1)(b) CC.

The accused’s driver’s licence is suspended for 90 days and the vehicle they were operating was towed and impounded for seven days.

The accused was released on an Undertaking and is required to attend Ontario Court of Justice in Owen Sound on November 5, 2020.

ASSAULT IN WIARTON

(SOUTH BRUCE PENINSULA, ON) – On September 20, 2020 at 7:25 p.m., Grey Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were dispatched to a residence at William Street in Wiarton, to assist South Bruce Peninsula Fire Department with a possible unattended barbeque fire. The fire was extinguished and police learned that an altercation had also occurred, as a result of this situation.

The dispute became physical between two parties, one person was punched in the face by the other, causing minor injuries to their lip and eye.

As a result of this investigation, Grey Bruce OPP have charged a 65 year old from Wiarton with assault, section 266 Criminal Code of Canada.

The accused was released on an Undertaking and is scheduled to appear in Ontario Court of Justice in Owen Sound on November 5, 2020.

OPP POLICE RECORD CHECKS UPDATE

(ORILLIA, ON) – As the economy continues to recover from the pandemic, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is committed to improving customer service for citizens seeking police record checks.

Due to COVID-19, the OPP is currently experiencing a high volume of police record check requests. Current processing times are four to six weeks. The OPP is working on improving the technical capacities of the current system, as well as increasing the number of staff members processing the applications.

In order to limit contact and reduce the risk of COVID-19, the OPP is only accepting applications electronically and fees must be paid by credit card. Applicants may be required to attend their local OPP detachment if fingerprinting is required. Applicants will be contacted by their local detachment to arrange for payment, provide identification and to obtain their results.

The OPP recognizes long wait times impact the public within the OPP’s jurisdiction and wish to highlight two additional possible options for attaining record checks:

1. Alternative Service Providers:

Did you know that a third party vendor can complete a Criminal Record Check (CRC) or a Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Check for anyone in Canada for a fee?

These third party vendors may be able to offer a reduced timeline. Please speak to your employer/agency to ascertain if this option would be acceptable, noting there is a cost for this service.

The OPP does not charge for checks for volunteer purposes, but should your volunteer check be urgent, the third party vendor check may be a time sensitive option.

The OPP does not endorse or promote the third party check, and a private check may not meet the organization’s requirements. A list of third party vendors can be obtained with a web-based search in your area by querying “criminal record checks” through a search engine.

It is important to note that if you require a Vulnerable Sector Check (VSC) and you reside within the OPP’s jurisdiction, RCMP policy dictates that the OPP must complete the check.

2. Temporary Measure for OPP Vulnerable Sector Check:

Did you know that some organizations may have the ability to request a self-declaration of criminal convictions?

Check with the employer/agency requesting the VSC to determine if this temporary measure would be acceptable, until the police record check can be completed in its entirety. This may be especially applicable in urgent circumstances. The OPP cannot provide self-declaration forms, please ask the employer/agency for assistance.

The OPP is confident that new measures taken to improve processing times will lead to shorter wait times for the public.

VEHICLE STOP RESULTS IN MULTIPLE CHARGES

Driver fled from vehicle stop dangerously

(NORTHERN BRUCE PENINSULA, ON) – On September 12, 2020 at 9:35 a.m. Grey Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) followed a (black) pick-up truck into a private driveway to initiate a traffic stop, just off of Highway 6, near Ferndale, in the Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula. 

Officers briefly spoke with the driver regarding the attached licence plates, as they did not belong on this truck. The driver was originally cooperative with officers but then got back into the truck and accelerated away at a high rate of speed, spinning rocks and gravel at the cruiser as he sped away, through a ditch at the end of the laneway and back onto the highway.

Officers located this same driver and the involved truck parked at another residence nearby in the Village of Lions Head. The driver was arrested for several offences, including an outstanding Warrant from an unrelated incident.

As a result of this investigation, Grey Bruce OPP have charged a 45 year old from South Bruce Peninsula with the following offences: 

-Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, section 320.13(1) Criminal Code of Canada (CC)

-Flight from peace officer, section 320.17 CC

-Drive motor vehicle – no licence, section 32(1) Highway Traffic Act (HTA)

-Use plates not authorized for vehicle, section 12(1)(d) HTA

-Operate a motor vehicle without insurance, section 2(1)(a) Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act

The accused has been released on an Undertaking and is scheduled to appear in Ontario Court of Justice in Owen Sound on November 19, 2020.

IMPAIRED DRIVER ARRESTED AND CHARGED

Vehicle stopped for speeding

(NORTHERN BRUCE PENINSULA, ON) – On September 13, 2020 at 11:44 a.m. Grey Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) stopped a red sport utility vehicle for speeding, on Highway 6, near Little Pike Bay Road, in the Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula.

The driver failed a roadside screening device. They were arrested and transported to the Wiarton OPP detachment for a breath test. 

As a result of this investigation, Grey Bruce OPP have charged a 62 year old from Sarnia, ON with operation of a motor vehicle while impaired, with a blood alcohol concentration of 80 milligrams or more, section 320.14(1)(b) Criminal Code of Canada and Speeding, section 128 Highway Traffic Act.

The accused was released on an Undertaking and is required to attend the Ontario Court of Justice in Owen Sound on November 19, 2020.

Anyone with information on these investigations are asked to contact Grey Bruce OPP, 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a secure web-tip at www.cstip.ca, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.