OPP News This Week: Festive RIDE program in full swing, Sault man charged with firearms offences, and more…

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OPP R.I.D.E PROGRAM IN FULL SWING

Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Festive “Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere” (RIDE) campaign is in full swing.  It starts on November 24, 2017 and runs to January 2, 2018.

OPP officers and our police partners will work around the clock during the campaign, conducting RIDE check stops across North East Region.

These enforcement efforts, combined with the help of all citizens, to intervene when they suspect that someone is driving, or about to drive after consuming alcohol or drugs, will prevent innocent lives being lost this holiday season.

Police remind the motoring public to be mindful when approaching a RIDE location. Officer safety is paramount as they are standing in live lanes of traffic. When you see the flashing lights, slow down, proceed with caution, and allow the officers a safe distance from your vehicle.

With this RIDE campaign underway, the OPP is determined to dispel the myth that driving while high on drugs cannot be detected by police and is a safe alternative to driving under the influence of alcohol.

Through the OPP Drug Evaluation and Classification Program, officers are trained as Drug Recognition Evaluators (DRU), giving them the authority and tools needed to detect drug-impaired drivers. A charge of impaired by drug involves all drugs, be it prescription, over-the-counter, and those that are illegal.

Impaired by drug is a crime under the Criminal Code of Canada (CC) and drivers who are charged with that offence are subject to the same penalties as those who are charged with driving while impaired by alcohol.

Should you observe a suspected impaired driver, please dial 911 or contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122.

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CHAPLEAU MALE CHARGED WITH SEVERAL BAIL VIOLATIONS

(WAWA) – On Thursday November 23, 2017, at approximately 4:45 pm members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Superior East (Chapleau) Detachment responded to a local Chapleau address regarding an incident of bail violation. At the scene investigation revealed that a male had been communicating with a female while on conditions not to do so.

As a result a 45 years old Chapleau, Ontario male was arrested and charged with:

– 5 counts of Adult Fail to Comply with Recognizance contrary to section 145(3) of the Criminal Code of Canada

The accused was held into custody pending a bail hearing in Timmins Ontario on November 24, 2017.

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WOMAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULT

(WAWA) – On Wednesday November 22, 2017, at approximately 8:00 am members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Superior East Wawa Detachment responded to a local Wawa address regarding a family dispute.

At the scene investigation revealed that a female had assaulted a male.

As a result a 27 years old Wawa, Ontario female was arrested and charged with the following offence:

Adult Assault- Spousal contrary to section 266 of the Criminal Code of Canada.

The accused was released from custody and is to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Wawa Ontario on December 11, 2017.

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IMPAIRED DRIVER AT RIDE CHECK ARRESTED

(LITTLE CURRENT) On Tuesday November 21, 2017 at approximately 11:57 pm officers from the Manitoulin Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were conducting Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (RIDE) checks on Highway 540 in Gordon Township.

Officers checked a pick-up truck and determined that the driver had been consuming alcoholic beverages.

As a result of the police investigation, Herbert STRAIN, age 71, of Gordon Township, Ontario has been charged with:

Driving While Ability Impaired by Alcohol, contrary to section 253(1)(a) of the Criminal Code.
Driving with Over 80 mg of Alcohol in Blood, contrary to section 253(1)(b) of the Criminal Code.

The accused’s driver’s licence was suspended for 90 days with an Administrative Driver’s Licence Suspension (ADLS), and his vehicle was impounded for 7 days.

The accused was released on a Promise to Appear (PTA) and is scheduled to appear at the Provincial Court of Justice in Gore Bay, Ontario on January 9, 2018.

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INTOXICATED MALE CHARGED WITH FIREARMS OFFENCE

(JOHNSON TOWNSHIP, ON)- On November 17, 2017, members from the East Algoma Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) Conservation Officers responded to a weapons complaint on Diamond Lake Road in Johnson Township.

Shortly after 2:30 p.m., an intoxicated male was walking on Diamond Lake Road with a rifle in hand and not wearing hunter orange colours.

Conservation Officers located the male and confirmed he had been consuming alcohol and was in possession of several containers of open liquor.

Police located the male’s rifle in a brushed area where he had hid it prior to police arrival.

As a result of the investigation, Christopher OBRIEN, 58 years of age from Sault Ste Marie, Ontario was charged with:

Careless Storage of a Firearm, Weapon, Prohibited Device or Ammunition, contrary to section 86(1) of the Criminal Code; and Being Intoxicated in Public Place, contrary to section 31(4) of the Liquor Licence Act.

The accused is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Blind River on January 4, 2018.

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FEMALE CHARGED WITH SUSPEND DRIVE

(BLIND RIVER, ON)- On November 17, 2017, members from the East Algoma Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Detachment were on patrol duties on Causley Street in the Town of Blind River.

Shortly before 1:30 p.m., police observed a westbound vehicle on Causley Street with the driver known to be suspended.

A traffic stop was initiated and a query revealed the female driver’s license status was in fact suspended.

As a result of the investigation, Samantha WEBSTER, 48 years of age from Algoma Mills, Ontario was charged with: Driving While under Suspension, contrary to section 53(1) of the Highway Traffic Act.

MALE ARRESTED AFTER ASSAULTING HIS GIRLFRIEND

(BLIND RIVER, ON)- On November 18, 2017, shortly after 12:30 a.m., members from the East Algoma Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Detachment responded to a domestic disturbance where a female was calling from a neighbors on Hiawatha Street in the Town of Blind River.

The female advised that she was assaulted by her boyfriend and he was inside her residence smashing things while her children were still in the home.

Police attended the female’s residence and breached the door only to find the male had fled the scene through a window. East Algoma officers were then assisted by four members of the OPP Emergency Response Team (ERT) and the OPP Canine Unit from Sault Ste Marie.

Investigation determined that victim’s boyfriend had attended her residence intoxicated and began an argument when it escalated to the female being physically assaulted several times.

Earlier on the evening of November 17, 2017, the male attended a residence on Queen Street and stole a purse.

Shortly after 5:30 a.m., on November 18, 2017, police located the male on Woodward Avenue where he was arrested.

Police located over 40 Percocet pills and a small amount of cannabis marihuana on the male.

As a result of the investigation, a 40 year old male from Mississauga First Nation, Ontario was charged with:

-Aggravated Assault (X2), contrary to section 268 of the Criminal Code (CC)

-Mischief Under $5000, contrary to section 430(4) of the CC

-Possession Property Obtained by Crime-Under $5000, contrary to section 354(1)(a) of the CC

-Possession of Schedule I Substance-Other Drugs contrary to section 4(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA)

-Possession of Schedule II Substance-Cannabis Marihuana- Under 30 gram.

The accused appeared before the Ontario Court of Justice in Sault Ste Marie on November 20, 2017 where he was remanded into custody.

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DRIVER INJURED IN SINGLE VEHICLE COLLISON

(LITTLE CURRENT, ON) – On November 19, 2017 at approximately 2:20 p.m. the Manitoulin Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of a single motor vehicle collision on Bidwell Road in the Township of Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands.

Officers attended and observed a 2007 Ford pick-up truck on its side in a ditch filled with water.

The 63 year old driver, from M’Chigeeng First Nation, was transported to hospital by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries. There were no other passengers or vehicles involved.

Bidwell Road was closed in both directions for approximately half of an hour. Weather conditions were a factor, and there are no charges as a result of this collision.

The Manitoulin OPP remind motorists to slow down, stay alert and stay in control – these simple steps will go a long way in reducing the number of winter weather-related collisions on our roads.

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CHAPLEAU MALE CHARGED WITH SEVERAL OFFENCES

(WAWA, ON) – On Friday November 17, 2017, at approximately 9:15 am members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Superior East (Chapleau) Detachment responded to a Chapleau address regarding a break and enter incident. At the scene investigation revealed that a male and female had been involved in a dispute.

As a result a 30 years old Chapleau Ontario male was arrested and charged with the following offences:

Adult Break and Enter a dwelling house with intent to commit indictable offence contrary to section 348(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada,

3 counts of Adult Fail to Comply with Probation Order contrary to section 733.1(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada,

Adult Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000 – in Canada contrary to section 354(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada,

Adult Possession of a Schedule I Substance-Other drugs contrary to section 4(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act,

Adult Possession of a Schedule I Substance- Methamphetamine contrary to section 4(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

The accused was held into custody pending a bail hearing in Timmins Ontario on November 20, 2017.

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