OPP lay impaired by drugs charge after attending scene to assist driver

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A call for service ended in charges for one South Frontenac Township resident after she drove away from the scene of the initial call, according to police.

The Frontenac County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) announced the arrest and subsequent charging of the South Frontenac resident in a press release on Monday, Jun. 10, 2024.

According to the OPP, at approximately 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Jun. 4, 2024, officers with the Frontenac Detachment responded to a call for service in Inverary “about a vehicle dispute.”

“When the officers departed after resolving the dispute, they observed an individual drive away,” the OPP stated, noting that an officer followed the vehicle “a short distance,” before conducting a traffic stop and “determining the driver was impaired.”

As a result, the driver was arrested and transported to the Frontenac OPP Detachment for further testing, police said.

Asked to expand on the nature of the initial call for service and the “vehicle dispute,” Constable Rob Martell, a Media Relations Officer with the Frontenac OPP, said that the accused driver thought that someone had taken her keys to her vehicle.

“When it was determined that there was nobody withholding the keys, officers left and observed the driver pass by them a short time later,” Martell told Kingstonist, noting the accused driver likely found her keys or got the spare set in order to operate the vehicle.

The investigation into the driver resulted in 35-year-old Sydney Luke of South Frontenac Township being charged with operation of a motor vehicle while impaired – alcohol and drugs, according to the OPP.

Police would not confirm the type of drug involved citing the charges pending against the accused in court.

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