Three charged with impaired driving in Prince Edward County over the long weekend

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The same day the Ontario Provincial Police announced they will be enhancing impaired driving enforcement after a 31 per cent increase in incidences, the Prince Edward County Detachment of the OPP released details of impaired driving charges laid over the weekend.

According to a media release, members of the PEC OPP charged three individuals at traffic stops over the Easter weekend.

The first traffic stop which resulted in impaired charges took place on County Road 4, shortly before 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, Mar. 30, 2024. As a result of the investigation, David Kettle, age 67, 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

On the same date, shortly before midnight, officers conducted a traffic stop on Main Street Picton and spoke with the driver. As a result of that investigation, Robert Laine, age 36, 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

The next day, Sunday, March 31, 2024, officers conducted a traffic stop on County Road 1 and spoke with the driver, according to the release. As a result of the investigation, Chuck Keeping, age 44, from Orangeville, 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

According to the OPP, the drivers were released from custody and are scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at a later date. They also had their licences suspended for 90 days and vehicles impounded for seven. Each will be responsible for their related fees and fines.

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