L&A OPP arrest four people for impaired driving in less than two days

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Four people have been arrested and charged for impaired driving related offences, according to the Lennox and Addington (L&A) County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).

In a press release on Tuesday, Jun. 4, 2024, police detailed the charges laid against the four accused parties, which took place in under 48 hours. The incidents occurred in Greater Napanee, Stone Mills Township, and Loyalist Township in the first two days of June.

According to the OPP, the first incident occurred just before 1 a.m. on Saturday, Jun. 1, 2024, when officers with the L&A Detachment responded to a traffic complaint concerning a driver on County Road 2 in Greater Napanee. Police did not specify whereabouts on County Road 2 but stated that officers located the vehicle that was the subject of the complaint and “conducted a traffic stop.”

“As part of the investigation, an Approved Screening Device (ASD) was administered, and the driver was subsequently arrested and transported to detachment for further testing,” the OPP said.

That driver, 42-year-old Angus Avent of Napanee, was charged with:

  • Operation of a motor vehicle while impaired – alcohol
  • Operation of a motor vehicle while impaired – blood alcohol level exceeding the legal limit

About eight hours later, L&A OPP officers responded to a single motor vehicle collision, which occurred just after 9 a.m. on Thompson Hill Road in Stone Mills Township, according to the press release.

“Officers spoke with the driver of the vehicle who was subsequently arrested and transported to detachment for further testing,” the OPP said.

As a result of the ensuing investigation, 24-year-old Brianna Beattie of Tamworth was charged with:

  • Operation of a motor vehicle while impaired – alcohol
  • Operation of a motor vehicle while impaired – blood alcohol level exceeding the legal limit

Less than an hour later, L&A OPP officers were called to assist paramedics with an unresponsive person who was by a vehicle on Connell Drive in Loyalist Township just before 10:30 a.m., according to police.

“First responders were able to assist the individual, who was then spoken to by officers and subsequently arrested and transported to detachment for further testing,” the OPP said.

As a result of that investigation, 41-year-old Benjamin Laughlin of Gananoque was charged with:

  • Operation of a motor vehicle while impaired – alcohol
  • Driving while under suspension

The last of the four arrests occurred after police received a traffic complaint around 7 p.m. on Sunday, Jun. 2, 2024, concerning a vehicle travelling in the eastbound lanes of Highway 401 in Greater Napanee.

“Officers located the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop. As part of the investigation, an Approved Screening Device (ASD) was administered, and the driver was subsequently arrested and transported to detachment for further testing,” the L&A OPP relayed.

As a result of the ensuing investigation, 42-year-old Marius Bujor of Montreal was charged with:

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

According to the L&A OPP, all four of the accused individuals had their driver’s licences automatically suspended for 90 days. If convicted, the accused parties will face further licence suspension. Additionally, the vehicles of each of the accused drivers were impounded, with each driver responsible for any fees or fines related to the towing and/or impounding of their respective vehicles.

All four of the arrested individuals were released from custody and are scheduled to appear at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Greater Napanee at later dates, police said.

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