Prince Edward County OPP lay multiple impaired driving charges over weekend

An OPP officer speaks with a driver during a Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (RIDE) program stop. Photo via Ontario Association Of Chiefs Of Police.

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) in Prince Edward County say they investigated a series of impaired driving-related offences over the weekend of Friday, Apr. 26 to Sunday, Apr. 28, 2024.

Police state in a media release that on Friday, Apr. 26, 2024, at about 8 p.m., OPP received a report of a vehicle in the ditch near Fish Lake Road. Officers were told that the vehicle was able to back out of the ditch, and the driver continued on their way. Once police located the driver, he was arrested and transported to detachment for further testing.

As a result, Ashton Maracle, age 31, from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, was charged with operation of a motor vehicle while impaired – alcohol and drugs, and operation of a motor while impaired – blood alcohol concentration exceeding the legal limit.

Then, at around 2 a.m. on Saturday, Apr. 27, 2024, a vehicle entered a RIDE program on Highway 62 near Rossmore. Police say an approved screening device was administered and as a result, the driver was arrested and transported to the detachment for further testing.

Hendrik Schoeman, age 52, from Whitby, was charged with operation of a motor vehicle while impaired – alcohol and drugs, and operation of a motor vehicle while impaired – blood alcohol concentration exceeding the legal limit.

Finally, on Sunday, Apr. 28, 2024, officers were once again conducting a RIDE program on Highway 62 near Rossmore, when a suspected impaired driver entered the program. An approved screening device was administered and, as a result, the driver was arrested and transported to the detachment for further testing.

Tyler Brown, age 39, from Belleville, was charged with operation of a motor vehicle while impaired – alcohol and drugs, and failure or refusal to comply with demand.

Each of the accused drivers had their licences suspended for 90 days and vehicles impounded for seven. They were released from custody and scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at a later date, according to the OPP.

In a separate event, on Saturday, Apr. 27, 2024, shortly before 10 p.m., officers conducted a traffic stop on Highway 62. Officers spoke with the driver and as a result, an approved screening device was administered. The driver registered a warn and had their licence suspended for three days. The vehicle was removed by a licensed driver, according to police.

Charges have not been proven in court.

“Impaired driving can have tragic consequences, plan ahead for a safe ride home,” the media release concludes.

This article was first published by Quinteiest.

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