Two charged with impaired driving in PEC over the weekend

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Over the weekend, members of the Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) dealt with impaired-related offences, and two drivers are now facing charges.

The first occurrence was shortly after 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, Mar. 5, 2023. According to a media release, officers were conducting a RIDE program on Highway 62 near County Road 3 in Rossmore when a vehicle entered the program. Upon speaking with the driver an approved screening device was administered and as a result, the driver was arrested and transported to the detachment for further testing, the OPP said.

John Fincham, age 51 from Marysville, was charged with:

  • Operating a motor vehicle while over legal blood alcohol concentration limit

Shortly after 12 a.m. the following morning, Monday Mar. 6, 2023, officers stopped a vehicle near Lalor Street in Picton for a traffic-related offence. The OPP said that further investigation led to the administration of an approved screening device. As such, the driver was arrested and transported to the detachment for further testing.

Maria Meillon, age 37 from Prince Edward County, was charged with:

  • Operating a motor vehicle while over legal blood alcohol concentration limit

According to the release, both drivers were released and are to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in April 2023. The drivers also had their licences suspended for a period of 90 days and vehicles impounded for a period of seven days.

“Impaired driving has real dangers. Plan a safe ride home and do not drive impaired,” OPP said.

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