PEC OPP urge safe road use on holiday weekend after four impaired driving arrests

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Four drivers are facing charges after members of the Prince Edward County (PEC) Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to incidents and conducted traffic stops over the past week.

Last Friday, Jun. 23, 2023, officers received a request for assistance from Provincial Park Wardens at Sandbanks Provincial Park just before 8:30 p.m. The Wardens advised police they had two vehicles stopped. According to a release from the OPP, officers arrived and an approved screening device was administered. As a result, one driver was arrested and transported to the detachment for further testing. A demand for the approved screening device was provided to a second driver who refused to provide a sample. That driver was also arrested.

Connor Challis, age 27, from Newmarket was charged with:

  • Operating a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol and drugs
  • Operating a motor vehicle while impaired with a blood alcohol concentration over the legal limit

Daniel Bassett, age 28, from Newmarket was charged with failure or refusal to comply with demand.

The next incident occurred shortly before 4 a.m. on Sunday, Jun. 25, 2023, when officers conducted a traffic stop on Lake Street in Picton. According to the OPP, the driver exited the vehicle and entered a building, where they were later located by police. The driver was arrested and transported to the detachment for further testing.

Connor Sweet-McCutcheon, age 24, from Napanee was charged with

  • Operating a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol and drugs
  • Operating a motor vehicle while impaired with a blood alcohol concentration over the legal limit

On Wednesday, Jun. 28, 2023, shortly after 4 p.m., OPP officers received a request for assistance advising there appeared to be a driver lying down near Loyalist Parkway in Wellington, according to the release. Officers responded and, as a result of subsequent investigation, an approved screening device was administered.

Gina Marie Fracas, age 62, from Windsor was arrested and transported to the detachment for further testing. The driver was charged with:

  • Operating a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol and drugs
  • Operating a motor vehicle while impaired with a blood alcohol concentration over the legal limit

Each driver had their vehicle impounded for seven days and their licence suspended for 90 days. The will face further licence suspension if convicted, and they will be responsible for all related fees and fines. According to the OPP, all four were released from custody and are scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in July 2023.

“Going into the long weekend remember, highway safety is a team sport, do your part and plan a safe ride home,” the OPP said.

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