Six people facing impaired driving related charges for offences in Prince Edward County

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So far this month, members of the Prince Edward County (PEC) Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have laid charges in seven different impaired investigations.

The PEC OPP shared the following details in a media release, dated Friday, Nov. 24, 2023:

On Friday, Nov. 10, 2023, around 9:30 p.m. Prince Edward County officers received a traffic complaint on Farrington Crescent in Picton. Officers attended the scene, observed a pickup truck and spoke with the driver. An approved screening device was administered and as a result, the driver was transported to detachment for further testing. A 17-year-old 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
  • Person under 19 years consuming liquor

According to the OPP, the driver was released from custody and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at a later date. The identity of the accused is being withheld in accordance with the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA).

The following day, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023, shortly before midnight, officers observed a vehicle parked in a parking lot near Mary Street in Picton. Officers spoke with the driver and issued an approved screening device demand. As a result, the driver was arrested. A subsequent search led to the seizure of suspected cannabis.

Nickolas Rittwage, age 23, from Deseronto was charged with

  • Failure or refusal to comply with demand
  • Having care or control of a motor vehicle with liquor readily available
  • Having care or control of a vehicle or boat with cannabis readily available

Rittwage was released from custody and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in December 2023.

On Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023, officers were conducting proactive patrols when a vehicle was stopped on Loyalist Parkway. OPP said that after speaking with the driver, an approved screening device was administered. As a result, the driver was arrested and transported to the detachment for further testing.

Garrett Cleave, age 33, from Prince Edward County was charged with:

  • 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
  • Speeding

Cleave was released from custody and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in December 2023.

Around 11 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 20, 2023, OPP officers stopped to check on a vehicle on Highway 62. After speaking with the driver, an approved screening device was administered. As a result, the driver was arrested and transported to the detachment for further testing.

Zachary MacDonald, age 28, from Napanee was charged with:

  • 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

MacDonald was released from custody and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in December 2023.

On Thursday, Nov. 23, 2023, shortly before 6 p.m., officers responded to a single-vehicle collision on County Road 1. Officers attended the scene and spoke with the driver. As a result, an approved screening device was administered. The driver was arrested and transported to the detachment for further testing. A subsequent search led to the seizure of suspected psilocybin.

Holly Crain, age 42, from Prince Edward County was charged with:

  • 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
  • Possession of a schedule three substance.

Crain was released from custody and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in early December 2023.

The next day, Friday, Nov. 24, 2023, shortly before 9:30 p.m. officers responded alongside Hastings Quinte EMS to a single vehicle roll over on Loyalist Parkway. According to the OPP, the driver sustained minor injuries. Officers spoke with the driver and an approved screening device was administered. As a result, the driver was arrested and transported to the detachment for further testing.

Ashley Smith, age 28, from Quinte West was charged with:

  • 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
  • Dangerous operating of a motor vehicle

Smith was released from custody and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in December 2023.

All of the drivers had their vehicles impounded for seven days and their licences suspended for 90 days. Each will be responsible for related fees and fines.

“Impaired driving can have tragic consequences. The OPP is committed to combating impaired driving and motorists can expect to see additional RIDE programs over the festive season,” the OPP stated.

2 thoughts on “Six people facing impaired driving related charges for offences in Prince Edward County

  • It seems that PEC has an inordinately high number of DUI’s. What’s with that? Perhaps ‘regional’ reporting?

    • Hi Walt,

      PEC OPP have spoken about the marked increase in impaired driving cases they’ve seen through 2023 on the record. Many OPP detachments issue press releases regarding impaired driving – part of that is to create awareness of the consequences for doing so upon being apprehended. There certainly are more such press releases from the PEC OPP than other detachments in our area, but the PEC OPP are very transparent about impaired driving being a rising issue in their area.
      You can read more about this in our article
      here.
      Hope that answers your question!
      Tori Stafford
      Editor-in-Chief
      Kingstonist

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