Officers responding to a collision in Napanee wound up arresting two men in an unrelated case when their suspicious vehicle happened upon the scene of the collision.
At approximately 3 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, officers from the Lennox and Addington County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were dispatched to respond to a report of a driver failing to remain at the scene following a single-vehicle collision. That collision occurred on Dundas Street East, just before Alma Avenue in Napanee.
Police located a westbound vehicle resting against some large rocks along the side of the Napanee River on the south side of Dundas Street. The airbags in the vehicle had deployed, but no occupants had remained at the scene.
According to the OPP, a suspect has been identified in that case, and the investigation is ongoing, however, while the officers were at the collision scene, they observed an unrelated suspicious vehicle that was believed to be involved in an ongoing break and enter case.
The suspicious vehicle stopped at the collision scene, and the officers detained two male suspects. In the ensuing investigation, police located improperly stored cannabis, and break and enter tools, and also seized weapons, including brass knuckles and knives. The two suspects were arrested and taken to the Napanee Detachment of the OPP for processing.
As a result, Dylan Lasher, 24, of Greater Napanee, and Ethan Turcotte, 20, of Kingston were both charged with:
- Possession of break-in instruments
- Possession of a prohibited weapon
- Possession of a prohibited weapon contrary to a prohibition order
Lasher was further charged with:
- Driving a motor vehicle while failing to display two licence plates, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act
- Having care or control of a vehicle whit cannabis readily available.
Both men have been released on an undertaking and are scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Napanee in March.