Frontenac OPP charge three with impaired driving in past week

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Three drivers are facing charges after a collection of incidents in Frontenac County over the past week.

The first arrest was the result of a traffic complaint from a citizen, according to a release from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).

Just after 5:30 p.m. on Monday, May 20, 2024, officers from the Frontenac Detachment of the OPP received the traffic complaint. Officers patrolled the area for the vehicle and located the individual, no longer driving.

“Officers spoke with the driver and determined they had been driving. As a result, the driver was arrested and transported to detachment for further testing,” the OPP detailed.

According to police, as a result of that testing, Paula England, age 49, of Central Frontenac Township, was charged with:

  • Operation of a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol/drugs
  • Operation of a motor vehicle while impaired with a blood alcohol concentration exceeding the legal limit

The second incident also involved a complaint from the citizen, and this time the citizen prevented the individual from driving away, according to the OPP.

At approximately 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 26, 2024, OPP officers from the Frontenac Detachment received a traffic complaint from a citizen in South Frontenac Township. According to the release, the citizen followed the vehicle to a parking lot and called the police.

“The individual was prevented from driving, by the citizen, until officers arrived. An alcohol screening device was administered and the driver was arrested and transported to the detachment for further testing,” the OPP stated.

As a result, Everth Bernal-Monchez, age 51, of South Frontenac Township, was charged with:

  • Operation of a motor vehicle while impaired with a blood alcohol concentration exceeding the legal limit

The third driver was arrested as a result of a collision in which the individual was driving aggressively and struck the median on Highway 401, the OPP said.

Shortly after 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 26, 2024, OPP officers from the Lennox and Addington (L&A) Detachment, with the assistance of Frontenac Detachment officers of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a complaint of an individual driving aggressively along Highway 401, according to the release.

The driver reportedly lost control and collided with the median. An alcohol screening device was administered and the driver was arrested and transported to the detachment for further testing, according to the OPP.

Kingstonist inquired as to how the two detachments were involved in this incident. In response, Provincial Constable Robert Martell of the Frontenac OPP Detachment said that the original complaint of the aggressive vehicle started in the L&A area, and that the collision occurred in Frontenac County area, so “both detachments worked together on it. “

As a result of the investigation, Michael Brisson, age 57, of Front of Younge Township, was charged with:

  • Operation of a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol/drugs
  • Operation of a motor vehicle while impaired with a blood alcohol concentration exceeding the legal limit
  • Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle

All drivers were released from custody and are to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Kingston at a later date. They also had their driver’s licenses suspended for 90 days and vehicles impounded for seven days. Each of the accused will each be responsible for fees and fines related to the towing/impounding of their vehicles.

In the release, the OPP reminds people that impaired driving is a serious threat to public safety.

“Highway safety is a team sport, do your part and plan a safe ride home,” OPP stated.

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