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Impaired driving keeps Russell County OPP busy

During the period between January 12 to February 8, 2021, officers with the Russell County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to 988 calls for service. These included six examples of impaired driving.

On January 12, 2021, shortly before 1:30 a.m., a Russell County OPP officer conducted a traffic stop for a Highway Traffic Act offence on Limoges Road in Limoges where a driver was arrested.

During the investigation, the officer utilized the Approved Screening Device (ASD) on the driver, who was subsequently transported to detachment for further testing.

As a result of the investigation, a 38-year-old man from Ottawa, was charged with:

  • Operation while impaired due to a blood alcohol concentration of more than 80 milligrams
  • Operation while impaired due to alcohol and drugs
  • Driving without a proper rear light on a motor vehicle
  • Driver failing to surrender licence

On January 16, 2021, shortly before 5:45 a.m., Russell County OPP officers responded to a single vehicle collision on County Road 17 in the City of Clarence-Rockland. There were no injuries.

During the investigation, the officer utilized the ASD on the motorist. The driver was transported to detachment for further testing.

As a result of the investigation, a 38-year-old woman from Ottawa was arrested and charged with:

  • Operation of a vehicle while impaired due to alcohol and drugs
  • Operation of a vehicle while impaired with a blood alcohol concentration of more than 80 plus milligrams
  • Failure to comply with a release order – other than to attend court

On January 19, 2021, shortly after 10:15 p.m., Russell County OPP officers responded to a single vehicle collision on Ste-Marie Road in Embrun. There were no injuries.

During the investigation, the officer utilized the ASD on the motorist. The driver was transported to detachment for further testing.

A 26-year-old woman from Embrun was arrested and charged with:

  • Operation of a vehicle while impaired due to alcohol and drugs
  • Operation of a vehicle while impaired with a blood alcohol concentration of more than 80 milligrams

On January 22, 2021, shortly before 12:30 a.m., a Russell County OPP officer conducted a traffic stop for an HTA offence on St-Jean Street in Rockland where an Ontario driver was arrested.

During the investigation, the officer utilized the ASD on the motorist. The driver was transported to detachment for further testing.

As a result of the investigation, a 38-year-old Rockland man was charged with:

  • Operation of a vehicle while impaired and having a blood alcohol concentration of more than 80 milligrams
  • Operation of a vehicle while impaired due to alcohol and drugs
  • Operation of a vehicle while prohibited under the Criminal Code
  • Being a novice driver with a blood alcohol concentration above zero milligrams.
  • Disobeying a stop sign – fail to stop
  • Being a Class G1 licence holder unaccompanied by qualified Class G driver

On January 29, 2021, shortly after 12:15 p.m., Russell County OPP officers responded to a traffic complaint at a business on Richelieu Street in Rockland.

During the investigation, the motorist was spoken to and transported to detachment for further testing.  A 64-year-old Rockland man was charged with:

  • Operation of a vehicle while impaired with a blood alcohol concentration of more than 80 milligrams.
  • Operation of a vehicle while impaired due to alcohol and drugs

On February 6, 2021, shortly after 11:15 p.m., Russell County OPP officers responded to a single vehicle collision on Du Lac Road in the City of Clarence-Rockland. The driver sustained minor injuries.

During the investigation, the motorist was spoken to and transported to detachment for further testing. The driver was transported to the hospital as a precaution and where further testing could be conducted.

As a result of the investigation, a 31-year-old man from Gatineau, Québec was arrested and charged with:

  • Operation of a vehicle while impaired due to alcohol and drugs
  • Operation while impaired with a blood alcohol concentration of more than 80 plus
  • Driving a motor vehicle without a licence

On February 7, 2021, shortly before 9:00 p.m., a Russell County OPP officer conducted a wellbeing check on a motorist at a business on Principale Street in Limoges where a driver was arrested.

During the investigation, the officer utilized the ASD on the motorist. The driver was transported to detachment for further testing.

A 29-year-old woman from Maxville, was charged with:

  • Operation of a vehicle while impaired with a blood alcohol concentration of more than 80 milligrams
  • Operation of a vehicle while impaired due to alcohol and drugs
  • Having care or control of a motor vehicle with liquor readily available

In all of the incidents, the motorists received a 90-day driver’s license suspension, and their vehicles were also impounded for seven days.

The accused are scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in L’Orignal at a later date.