OPP charged two impaired drivers in Prince Edward County over the weekend

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Over the weekend, members of the Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) charged two drivers with impaired driving offences — both of whom seemingly attempted to avoid being charged.

The first incident involved a single-vehicle collision on County Road 3. According to a release from the OPP, around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2023, officers received a report of the collision, attended the scene, and located the vehicle in the ditch with no one around.

The OPP said that officers conducted further investigation and located the driver a distance away from the scene. The driver was arrested and transported to the detachment for further testing.

Daniel Manning, age 28, from Prince Edward County, was charged with the following offences:

  • 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
  • Failure to remain at the scene of a collision

Manning was released from custody and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice later this month.

The second incident took place during a RIDE program in the very early hours of Monday, Dec. 11, 2023.

According to the release, just after midnight, OPP officers were conducting the RIDE program at Highway 62 near County Road 3 in Rossmore when officers stopped a vehicle near the program and spoke with the driver. As a result of further investigation, a standard field sobriety test was administered.

The OPP said that the driver then took off on foot and was arrested by officers.

Daniel Baker, age 31, from Prince Edward County, was charged with the following offences:

  • Operation of a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol/drugs
  • Failure or refusal to comply with a demand
  • Resisting a peace officer

Baker was released from custody and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in January 2024.

Both drivers had their vehicles impounded for seven days and their licences suspended for 90 days. They will be responsible for all related fees and fines.

“Festive RIDE season continues and drivers should expect to see RIDE programs around Prince Edward County,” the OPP stated. “Have a plan for a safe ride home.”

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