Driver arrested in PEC after allegedly lying about identity

Photo by Lucas Mulder/Kingstonist.

Officers with the Prince Edward County (PEC) Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) say that checking in on a vehicle stopped on the side of the road in the early morning hours has led to the arrest of one person – who was found to be violating conditions of a release order.

The OPP said that members of the PEC Detachment encountered a vehicle on the side of County Road 10 just before 5 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023. The officers “stopped to check on” the vehicle, effectively carrying out a traffic stop.

“Officers spoke with the occupants and were able to confirm the driver’s identity. The driver was found to be breaching conditions,” the OPP said in a press release on Monday, Dec. 4, 2023.

Police further relayed that, as a result, a 35-year-old from Belleville was charged with obstructing a peace officer, and two counts of failure to comply with a release order (other than to attend court.)

Kingstonist followed up with the OPP, and inquired as to why the driver was charged with obstructing a peace officer (which, in this case, would be referring to one of the attending OPP officers). Acting Sergeant Aaron Miller, Media Relations Coordinator for the OPP East Region, said that the identification provided to the officers on scene was found to be false/not accurate – the driver either produced a non-accurate piece of ID, or provided a false identification to police.

The OPP said that the Belleville driver was held for a bail hearing at the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton. Police did not disclose the result of that bail hearing.

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