Three days, three impaired driving charges laid by L&A OPP

Over the weekend from Friday, Aug. 26 to Sunday, Aug 28, 2022, the officers with the Lennox and Addington (L&A) Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) laid one impaired driving charge per day, according to police.

The incidents began on the night of Friday, Aug. 26, 2022, when, at approximately 9:30 p.m., an officer on general patrol happened upon a vehicle parked on the shoulder of Deseronto Road. According to the OPP, the officer located the driver inside the vehicle and, as part of the ensuing investigation, an Approved Screening Device (ASD), or breath test, was administered to the driver, who was then arrested and taken to the L&A OPP Detachment for further testing.

As a result, James Ring, 56, of Cobourg, Ont., was charged with:

  • Operation of a conveyance (vehicle) while impaired by alcohol
  • Operation of a conveyance while impaired with a blood alcohol concentration exceeding the legal limit
L&A OPP and Hastings & Quinte Paramedics on scene following a collision involving a single motorcycle, the driver of which was later found to be impaired by alcohol. Photo by Lucas Mulder/Kingstonist.

As that night turned into the early morning hours, officers were dispatched after the L&A OPP received a report of a single motor vehicle collision involving a motorcycle on Highway 401 eastbound in Tyendinaga Township. Responding officers arrived on scene to find the driver had fled on foot, so an OPP Canine Unit was brought in, along with the OPP Emergency Response Team (ERT). The driver was located a short time later not far from the scene, where he was arrested, the OPP said in a press release on Monday, Aug. 29, 2022.

The investigation concluded with Jeffery Swart, 37, of Tyendinaga Township, charged with:

  • Operation of a conveyance (vehicle) while impaired by alcohol
  • Operation of a conveyance while impaired with a blood alcohol concentration exceeding the legal limit

The following day, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2022, L&A OPP officers were dispatched to Main Street in Odessa following a traffic complaint. Officers arrived in the area and located the vehicle in question. Police then spoke with the driver, who was subsequently arrested and taken to the L&A OPP Detachment for testing, suspected of being impaired.

Those tests led to Lesley Turcotte, 39, of Loyalist Township, being charged with:

  • Operation of a conveyance (vehicle) while impaired by alcohol
  • Operation of a conveyance while impaired with a blood alcohol concentration exceeding the legal limit

While all three of the accused individuals received the same two charges, they also received the following automatic disciplinary actions: All three people had their drivers’ licences suspended for 90 days. If convicted, they will each have their licence suspended for at least a year. The accused individuals also had their vehicles towed and impounded for seven days. All three will be respectively responsible for all related fees and fines. All three of the accused parties were released from custody and are scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Greater Napanee at a later date.

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