Hawkesbury OPP report: Impaired driving charges, snowmobile theft

Impaired driving charges

On February 3, 2020 shortly after 11:30 p.m., Hawkesbury OPP Constable Vandergoten was conducting traffic enforcement on Highway 34 in the Champlain Township, when he received a report of a possible impaired driver.

The vehicle, a white 2015 Kia Forte, was soon after located and intercepted on Highway 34 near Sandy Hill Road.

As a result of the investigation, the driver, a 24-year-old Ile Bizard, Quebec woman was arrested and charged under the Criminal Code of Canada with “Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus)”.

The vehicle was seized for 7 days and the driver’s licence was immediately suspended for 90 days.

The accused was later released and scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice located in L’Orignal on February 19, 2020.

On Friday evening February 7, 2020 at approximately 9:20 p.m., Constable S. Boudreau was patrolling King Street in L’Orignal in the Champlain Township, when he intercepted a black 2000 Mazda Protégé.

As a result of the investigation, a 30-year-old Alfred-Plantagenet man was arrested for driving a motor vehicle with the abilities impaired by drug. The driver was charged under the Criminal Code of Canada with “Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs”, and was also charged under the Cannabis Control Act with “Drive vehicle or boat with cannabis readily available”.

The vehicle was seized for seven days and the driver’s licence was immediately suspended for 90 days.

The accused was later released and scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice located in L’Orignal on February 26, 2020.

The Hawkesbury OPP wish to remind motorists that mixing driving with alcohol, drugs, or prescription medication may impair your ability to drive. If police determine that you have the presence of cannabis or alcohol in your system and/or that you are impaired by any substance including illegal drugs, prescription drugs or over-the-counter medications, you will face severe consequences and potential criminal charges.

If you suspect that someone is driving while impaired, call 9-1-1 to report them to police. In doing so, you could be saving lives.

Snowmobile theft

The Hawkesbury OPP is investigating a theft, as well as attempted theft of snowmobiles that occurred on February 6, 2020, on private properties in Lefaivre, in the Alfred-Plantagenet Township.

These incidents have occurred overnight while the snowmobiles were left outside next to residences.

The stolen snowmobile is a black 1996 Polaris Indy Storm 800.

Anyone who has information on these matters, please contact the Hawkesbury O.P.P. Detachment at 613-632-2729 or 1-888-310-1122.

Owners are reminded to be particularly vigilant when storing or leaving their snowmobile outside to reduce the risk of being victimized. Extra precautionary measures should be considered such as securing the equipment and of course, leaving snowmobiles in well-lit area, preferably visible to neighbours. The use of surveillance cameras installed in proximity could assist police in a theft investigation.


Stay a safe difference away from any vehicle, including snow maintenance equipment

With all the snowfalls we’ve had lately, the Hawkesbury Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to remind motorists to remain a safe distance from any vehicle, including snow maintenance equipment.

Leaving Room for Plows:

Remain a safe distance back from maintenance equipment when you see blue flashing lights. To do the job right, snowplows and salt & sand trucks must travel slower than regular traffic.

Stay Well Back to Help Snowplows do Their Job!

Never pass a snowplow! It is extremely dangerous to pass either between or around snowplows because of whiteout conditions and the ridge of snow being passed between plows. At no time should a vehicle pass a snowplow. This could result in a severe, even fatal, collision.

Please remember to slow down, stay in control, and keep a safe distance between other vehicles. Many winter collisions happen because drivers are going too fast for road conditions.

OPP is reminding motorists that Ontario 511 provides 24/7 information on road conditions and closures.

Motorists can call the following numbers to get accurate road conditions:

– Traveller Information Services: 511

– Ontario 511 toll free access in other provinces or states: 1-866-929-4257

You can also use Ontario 511 website ontario.ca/511 to check road conditions

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