Bruce Peninsula O.P.P. Report: Easter Weekend Impaired Charge

Media Release

(GEORGIAN BLUFFS, ON) – A local driver is facing an impaired driving charge after the Grey Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of a single vehicle which drove into a ditch in the Township of Georgian Bluffs.

On March 31, 2024, at 5:58 p.m., the Grey Bruce OPP received a call of a motor vehicle that drove off the roadway into a ditch on Girl Guide Road in Georgian Bluffs. Officers located the vehicle and while officers were speaking to the driver, the driver was displaying signs of impairment. The driver was arrested and transported to the Grey Bruce OPP Detachment for further tests by a Qualified Breath Technician.

A 55-year-old of the Municipality of Georgian Bluffs was charged with:

· Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs

· Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus)

The accused will appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Owen Sound on April 25, 2024.

The OPP remains committed to taking alcohol/drug-impaired drivers off our roads through enforcement and public education. Drivers are reminded that no amount of alcohol or drugs in your system is safe when driving. If you suspect that someone is driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs, it is important to call 9-1-1 to report it.


(GREY BRUCE, ON) – The Grey Bruce Ontario Provincial Police is pleased to announce that three Special Constables have been hired for the Chatsworth and Wiarton Detachments. Special Constable Brad Girdler, Special Constable Abigail Johnston and Special Constable Athyna Ladouceur are all employed as Court Officers and will be working alongside officers in managing court tasks.

Special Constables make up a unique category in law enforcement. While technically considered civilian employees, they have been granted limited authorities to carry out specific tasks through their Special Constable designation.

Special Constables have a wide array of roles within the OPP, including:

· Security Officer, responsible for ensuring the security of major government buildings;

· Offender Transportation Officer, transferring offenders between secure institutions and the courts;

· Forensic Identification Technician, providing investigative support including the processing and examination of evidence, and;

· Court Officer, managing court case files, liaising between the detachment and the court, providing security services and escorting offenders.

To obtain Special Constable status, you must apply to a position and be successful in the hiring process. Following training at OPP Headquarters in Orillia, you will be appointed as a Special Constable by the hiring manager. Please note that you cannot apply as an individual to get this appointment status.

Job postings for roles with Special Constable designation are available on the Ontario Public Service careers portal.