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OPP arrest two impaired drivers on same day in Loyalist Township

Photo by Lucas Mulder.

On Friday, Nov. 6, 2020, officers from the Lennox and Addington (L&A) County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) arrested two impaired drivers.

The first incident occurred at approximately 6 a.m. when officers responded to a two-vehicle collision on Amherst Drive near Loyalist Avenue in Amherstview. According to the OPP, an eastbound vehicle on Amherst Drive collided with a pick-up truck that was parked on the side of the road. Luckily, no one was in the truck at the time, and no one was injured as a result of the collision.

Officers made observations that the driver of the vehicle was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. An investigation ensued, which led to the arrest of Shane Ricksneuwoehner, 54, of Kingston. Ricksneuwoehner was charged with:

  • Operation of a motor vehicle while impaired – drugs and alcohol
  • Possession of a Schedule 1 substance.

Ricksneuwoehner was released on an undertaking and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Greater Napanee in January 2021. Additionally, Ricksneuwoehner’s licence was suspended, and his vehicle was impounded for seven days. He will be responsible for all related fees and fines.

Fifteen hours later on the same day, officers from the L&A Detachment observed a vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed on Taylor Kidd Boulevard in Loyalist Township at approximately 9 p.m.

According to the OPP, the vehicle was stopped by officers on County Road 6. There, the driver exhibited signs of alcohol consumption. A roadside screening device was administered, and the driver was subsequently arrested and taken to the L&A OPP Detachment for further testing.

As a result, Nicholas Randell, 28, of Amherstview was charged with:

  • Operation of a vehicle while impaired – drugs and alcohol
  • Operating a motor vehicle while over the legal blood alcohol limit.

Randell was released on an undertaking and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Greater Napanee in January of 2021. Randell’s licence was suspended, and his vehicle was impounded for seven days. He will be responsible for all related fees and fines.

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