Five people arrested over four days for impaired driving in Lennox and Addington

Photo via L&A OPP.

As the weekend began on Friday evening, police in Lennox and Addington (L&A) County made an arrest involving impaired driving, the first of five such arrests in the county over the weekend.

According to the L&A County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), officers on patrol on Friday, Apr. 19, 2024, received a ‘hit’ (notification) for a stolen vehicle on their automated licence plate reader. This occurred shortly after 7 p.m. on County Road 41 near Community Road, just off Highway 401 in Napanee.

“Police observed a male exit the vehicle and enter a local business. Police arrested the driver when he exited,” the L&A OPP said in a press release on Monday, Apr. 22, 2024.

As a result of the ensuing investigation, 51-year-old Jose Ramos of Oshawa was charged with:

  • Possession of property obtained by crime with a value under $5,000
  • Operation of a motor vehicle while impaired – alcohol and drugs
  • Operation of a motor vehicle while impaired – blood alcohol concentration exceeding the legal limit
  • Failure to comply with a release order (other than to attend court)
  • Two counts of operation of a motor vehicle while suspended
  • Driving while under suspension

Police did not detail how it was determined that the accused man was impaired. According to the OPP, Ramos was held for a bail hearing and subsequently scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Napanee at a later date. The OPP did not say whether the driver’s licence was suspended, which usually occurs automatically for 90 days when someone is charged with impaired driving related offences.

About 24 hours later, just after 7 p.m. on Saturday, Apr. 20, 2024, officers with the L&A OPP “observed a vehicle on Bath Road by County Road 4 strike the shoulder of the road,” police said in the press release. According to the OPP, officers stopped the vehicle and spoke with the male driver, who was subsequently arrested for impaired driving. Police did not detail how it was determined that the driver was impaired. However, “as a result of this investigation,” the L&A OPP charged 37-year-old Jayson Maitland Turner or the Village of Bath with:

  • Operation of a motor vehicle while impaired – drugs and alcohol
  • Operation of a motor vehicle while impaired – blood alcohol concentration exceeding the legal limit

According to the OPP, the accused man was released on an undertaking and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Greater Napanee in early May 2024. His licence was automatically suspended for 90 days, and Maitland Turner will face further licence suspension if convicted. Additionally, the accused’s vehicle was impounded for seven days, and he will be responsible for all fees/fines related to the towing/impounding of the vehicle.

Then, in the early morning hours of Sunday, Apr. 21, 2024, officers with the L&A OPP received a report of a possible impaired driver in Odessa just after 2 a.m. Responding officers located the vehicle in question and spoke with the male driver, the OPP reported in the release. While police did not say how it was determined the driver was impaired, they did say he was immediately arrested. During the ensuing investigation, officers “discovered that the male had just been in a domestic violence incident,” the L&A OPP said.

As a result, a 20-year-old unnamed male from Kingston was charged with:

  • Operation of a motor vehicle while impaired – alcohol and drugs
  • Operation of a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration exceeding the legal limit
  • Assault – spousal
  • Assault causing bodily harm – spousal

Police said the accused Kingston man was released on an undertaking and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Greater Napanee in early May 2024. The man’s licence was automatically suspended for 90 days, and he will face further licence suspension if convicted. Additionally, the accused man’s vehicle was impounded for seven days, and he will be responsible for all fees/fines related to the towing/impounding of the vehicle.

“The identification of the accused will be withheld to protect the identity victim,” the L&A OPP said of this case.

In response to Kingstonist inquiries, Constable David Yome, Media Relations Officer for the L&A OPP, said that the injuries sustained by the victim in the domestic assault were minor in nature and did not require emergency medical attention. Yome further confirmed that the victim was connected with support resources.

Later the same day (Sunday, Apr. 21, 2024), officers with the L&A OPP responded to reports of a single-vehicle collision just before 6 p.m. The collision reportedly involved a lone male driver on Beechwood Road near Drive-in Road in Napanee.

“When police arrived, Paramedic Services was (sic) already on scene. The male was transported to hospital as a precautionary measure,” the OPP said, noting that the male driver suffered minor injuries from the collision.

“Police arrested the male at the hospital for impaired driving. The male became violent and assaulted police.”

As a result, 66-year-old Thomas Mark of Napanee was charged with:

  • Impaired operation of a motor vehicle — drugs and alcohol
  • Impaired operation of a motor vehicle — blood alcohol concentration exceeding the legal limit
  • Three courts of assaulting a peace officer

According to police, Mark was released on an undertaking and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Greater Napanee in early May 2024. His licence was automatically suspended for 90 days, and Mark will face further licence suspension if convicted. Additionally, Mark’s vehicle was impounded for seven days. The accused man will be responsible for all fees/fines related to towing/impounding the vehicle.

Lastly, in the early morning hours of Monday, Apr. 22, 2024, the L&A OPP received a report just before 3 a.m. of an unwanted female in a residence who was being assaultive. While police did not provide information about the location of this incident, they did detail that responding officers attended the address and found the female in question in a vehicle outside the residence.

“Police arrested the female for impaired driving and assault,” the OPP stated with no further details on the offences.

As a result, 25-year-old Skylar Lappan of Loyalist Township was charged with:

  • Impaired operation of a motor vehicle — drugs and alcohol
  • Impaired operation of a motor vehicle — blood alcohol concentration exceeding the legal limit
  • Assault

According to the OPP, Lappan was released on an undertaking and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Greater Napanee mid-May 2024. Her licence was automatically suspended for 90 days, and Lappan will face further licence suspension if convicted. Additionally, Lappan’s vehicle was impounded for seven days. She will be responsible for all fees/fines related to the towing/impounding of the vehicle.

It should be noted that the charge of “impaired operation of a motor vehicle – drugs and alcohol” does not mean that the accused person is impaired by both drugs and alcohol. Rather, the charge can be laid if a person is found/suspected to be impaired by drugs or alcohol, or both.

This article will be updated if/when more information becomes available.

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