PEC resident facing impaired driving charges after crashing in ditch

Images via PEC OPP.

An individual from Prince Edward County is facing multiple charges after members of the Prince Edward County (PEC) Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a collision on County Road 7.

Around 3 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 27, 2023, officers responded to the report of a single-vehicle collision on County Road 7. According to a release from the OPP, officers arrived on scene and observed a pickup truck that had entered the ditch. Police said there was no driver in the area.

“Officers were able to locate the driver,” the OPP noted. “Subsequent investigation led to the arrest of the driver who was transported to detachment for further testing.”

Mitchel Harrison, age 40 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 scene
  • Failure to report an accident

Harrison was held for a bail hearing on November 28, 2023. The driver had their vehicle impounded for a period of seven days and licence suspended for 90 days. If convicted, Harrison will face further licence suspension. The accused driver is responsible for all fees and fines related to the towing/impounding of the vehicle.

Kingstonist inquired with the PEC OPP as to how, where, and when officers located the accused driver. While police would not say where Harrison was located, nor specifically when that occurred, Acting Sgt. Aaron Miller, Media Coordinator for the OPP East Region, said that that the accused driver was “located at a different location than the collision.”

“The driver was located a short time later after further investigation,” Miller said.

The location of County Road 7 in Prince Edward County. Graphic via Google Maps.

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