Prince Edward County resident facing impaired driving, assault charges

Photo by Logan Cadue/Kingstonist.

A Prince Edward County resident is facing multiple charges after members of the Prince Edward County (PEC) Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a report of a dispute near the detachment.

According to a release from the OPP, shortly before 11 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024, officers responded to the reported incident — a domestic dispute — “along County Road 1.”

“Officers attended and spoke with an individual and witnesses at scene. As a result of further investigation, an approved screening device was administered. The driver was arrested and transported to detachment for further testing,” the OPP stated.

It is unclear if the accused person was in a vehicle when police arrived, nor if anyone else had been in the vehicle.

A 40-year-old individual from Prince Edward County was charged with:

  • Assault
  • Operation of a motor vehicle while impaired with a blood alcohol concentration exceeding the legal limit
  • Operation of a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol/drugs

According to the OPP, the individual was released from custody and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at a later date. The individual had their licence suspended for 90 days and their vehicle impounded for seven. If convicted, the driver will face further license suspension, and they will be responsible for all towing/impounding related fees/fines.

In response to Kingstonist inquiries as to the nature of the assault and where/when it occurred, police said the assault was associated with the domestic dispute.

In the release, the PEC OPP said they would like to thank individuals for being vigilant to impaired drivers.

“Should you suspect someone is driving impaired, call 911,” police said.

Information on family violence resources across the country is available on the Government of Canada website.

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