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First Impaired driving charges of 2024

DRIVER ENTERS DITCH, CRIMINAL CHARGES FOLLOW

(HURON EAST, ON) – Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has charged a South Huron resident with Impaired Operation, drug possession offences, and several other criminal offences after a complaint was reported to police on Tuesday, December 26th, 2023.

Huron OPP officers were dispatched to a location on Kippen Road in the Municipality of Huron East at 7:30 p.m. on December 26th. A witness called police after they observed a person believed to be under the influence seated in the driver’s seat of a vehicle that had left the roadway and entered the west ditch. Officers located the involved vehicle and spoke to the driver who displayed signs of impairment. Officers had reason to believe that the driver was impaired by drug, and they were subsequently arrested. Throwing knives and controlled substances were located inside the vehicle.

The accused was then transported to the Huron OPP Detachment in Clinton for further tests by an OPP Drug Recognition Expert (D.R.E.).

Mitchell HARRIS, 35 years-of-age from South Huron has been charged with the following offences:

Operation while Impaired – Alcohol and Drugs,
Operation while Prohibited,
Possession of a Controlled Substance – Fentanyl,
Possession of a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine,
Possession of a Controlled Substance – Methylphenidate,
Occupant of motor vehicle knowing there was Prohibited or Restricted Weapon,
Fail to Comply with Probation Order – (four counts).

The accused was additionally charged with driving while under suspension, an offence found in the Highway Traffic Act (HTA).

The involved vehicle was towed and impounded for seven days.

The accused was held for a bail hearing, then later released from custody with a court appearance scheduled at the Ontario Court of Justice – Goderich on February 12th, 2024.

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PROHIBITED DRIVER CAUGHT DRIVING SIDE-BY-SIDE UTILITY VEHICLE

(ASHFIELD-COLBORNE-WAWANOSH TWP, ON) – Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has charged an Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh Township (ACW Twp) resident with a Prohibited Driving offence, along with several other offences following a traffic stop by police on December 27th, 2023.

On Wednesday morning, December 27th at 4:05 a.m., Huron County OPP were patrolling in ACW Twp when they observed a driver operating a side-by-side utility vehicle with a utility trailer attached on Hall’s Hill Line.

A traffic stop was conducted, and police spoke to the male driver who was found to be prohibited from driving. The driver was subsequently placed under arrest and taken into custody. The accused was transported to the Huron OPP detachment in Clinton for processing.

John VANDIEPENBEEK, 42 years of age from ACW Twp has been charged with:

Operation while Prohibited,
Breach of Recognizance,
Fail to Comply with Probation – (three counts).

The accused was additionally charged with one offence found in the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act (CAIA), three offences found in the Highway Traffic Act (HTA), and one offence found in the Off-Road Vehicles Act (ORVA).

The involved vehicle was towed and impounded for 45 days.

The accused was later released from custody with a court appearance scheduled for February 12th, 2024, at the Ontario Court of Justice – Goderich.

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COLLISION WITH HYDRO POLE LEADS TO IMPAIRED DRIVING CHARGES

First Impaired Driver Charged in Huron County in 2024

(CENTRAL HURON, ON) – Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has charged a Bluewater resident with Impaired Driving offences following a collision on Monday January 1st, 2024.

Huron County OPP responded to reports of a suspected impaired driver that had left the roadway on Bayfield Road and collided with a hydro pole near Stone School Line in the Municipality of Central Huron. Police were contacted just after 2:00 a.m. on January 1st, 2024, and arrived shortly after.

Police spoke to the driver and determined that they had been consuming alcohol prior to driving. The driver was subsequently placed under arrest for Impaired Operation and taken into custody. The driver was transported to the South Bruce OPP detachment in Kincardine for further breath tests before an OPP qualified breath technician.

Dale REID, 55 years of age from Bluewater has been charged with:

Operation while Impaired – alcohol and drugs,
Operation while Impaired – Over 80,
Dangerous Operation.

The involved vehicle was towed and impounded for seven days, and the accused’ driver’s license was suspended for a period of 90 days.

The accused has since been released from custody with a court appearance scheduled for February 5th, 2024, at the Ontario Court of Justice – Goderich.

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