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LOCAL DRIVER CHARGED WITH IMPAIRED, SIXTIETH PERSON CHARGED BY ORILLIA OPP IN 2022

Members of the Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have arrested and charged an individual from Orillia with impaired driving in Severn Township.

On June 20, 2022, shortly after 6:30 p.m., officers were dispatched to a reported impaired driver on Highway 12 in Severn Township. Officers located and stopped the driver, who was subsequently arrested and transported to the Orillia Detachment for further investigation.

As a result, Danielle CAMERON, 31 years of age, of Orillia, has been charged with:

Operation while impaired

Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus)

Novice Driver BAC – above zero, HTA s. 44.1(3)

Drive- Handheld Communication Device, HTA s. 78.1(1)

The accused was released on an Undertaking and is set to appear on July 12, 2022, at the Ontario Court of Justice in Orillia. Their vehicle was impounded for seven days and were issued a 90-day Administrative Drivers Licence Suspension (ADLS).

Orillia OPP have charged sixty people with impaired operation since January 1, 2022. Impaired driving continues to have a detrimental impact in our community. If you choose to drink or use intoxicating substances, don’t drive. Use alternate means of transportation or stay overnight.  We encourage all citizens to call 911 if they witness a suspected impaired driver when it is safe to do so.

The Orillia OPP is committed to serving our province, including the Townships of Oro-Medonte, Ramara and Severn and the City of Orillia, by protecting its citizens, upholding the law and preserving public safety. If you have any information about crime in our community, please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or report minor occurrences online by visiting www.opp.ca/reporting. You can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit your information online at www.crimestopperssdm.com if you have any information on this crime or any other crime. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display and you will remain anonymous. Being anonymous, you will not testify in court and your information may lead to a cash reward of up to $2,000.

OPP Marine Patrol Report for June 6- June 19, 2022

Marine officers from the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police  (OPP) were on patrol checking vessels and operators for equipment and impairment along the Tiny Township shoreline, Giants Tomb and up to Gloucester Pool area over the June 6 – June 19, 2022 time period.

Officers issued four tickets for liquor violations and two for mariners not having sufficient lifejackets on their vessel and another eight tickets for Canada Shipping Act violations. 70 vessels and their operators were checked for equipment and sobriety during the 78 hours of patrol that were provided to area waterways by OPP patrol vessels.

Investigations of Note

Officers investigated a fatal canoeing incident near Cedar Point on Georgian Bay that claimed the life of a Toronto area male with investigators citing a lack of safety equipment as a contributing cause. A vessel check in Midland Harbour and another in Penetang Bay resulted in one operator having his drivers licence suspended for 3-days along with a liquor seizure and the other for 90 days with an criminal code Impaired driving charge.

Vessel operators are reminded that private property rights exist here in cottage country as several operators were spoken to in Tomahawk Channel, Georgian Bay and were ticketed and had their liquor seized after trespass complaints were investigated.

Officers located a section of floating dock in Deer Island Channel and are looking to hear from the lawful owner after it broke away from its mooring in the recent high winds. (See the attached submitted photograph)

Investigation Leads OPP to Drug Seizure in Tay Township, Seizure Nets Drugs and Cash

 As a result of an ongoing investigation on June 15, 2022 at a Playfair Avenue, Tay Township residence, members of the Southern Georgian Bay OPP with the assistance of the OPP Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU) seized a quantity of street drugs, Canadian currency and drug paraphernalia.

As a result of this investigation, an quantity of Fentanyl, Cocaine, Methamphetamine, prescription pills along with Canadian currency and drug trafficking paraphernalia was seized. (see attached submitted photograph).

Charged in relation to this investigation is Jennifer BOUCKHUYT 37 years of Midland with the following offences.

Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking, Opioid, Fentanyl

Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking, Cocaine,

Possession of a Schedule 1 substance, Methamphetamine

Contrary to the Controlled Drug and Substances Act

and further with

Breach of Recognizance (three counts)

Possession Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000 – in Canada

Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose (three counts)

Contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada

The accused was held for bail court and will appear at a later date before the Ontario Court of Justice.

Impaired by Drug and Opioid Related Charges for Driver Slumped Over Steering Wheel in Midland

A Tiny Township man faces impaired driving charges as well as additional offences, after he was found slumped over the steering wheel of a car on the morning of June 13, 2022. At 6:30a.m., officers from the Southern Georgian Bay detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police attended the scene, a business on Midland Avenue in the Town of Midland after receiving a complaint from a member of the public. During the investigation, police located a quantity of drugs believed to be Blue Fentanyl as well as two prohibited weapons. The driver was arrested and was transported to detachment to undergo a Drug Recognition Evaluation.

As a result of this investigation, Joseph LECLAIRE, 32 years of Tiny Township was charged with the following offences contrary to the Criminal Code and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act:

Operation While Impaired

Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance – Opioid

Possession of Schedule 1 Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Opioid

Fail to Comply with Probation Order x2

The driver’s license of the accused has been suspended for 90 days and the vehicle was towed to be impounded for 7 days. The accused was released from police custody to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at a later date.

The OPP reminds motorists to plan ahead and to use a designated driver, cab, public transit, or stay overnight. Any amount of alcohol or drugs can impact your ability to make sound judgements. Enforcement and education is essential to save lives and reduce injuries on our trails, roadways and waterways.

OPP Marine Unit Continue to Investigate Marine Incident in Northern Tiny Township

Marine officers from the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police  (OPP) were dispatched at 8:25 a.m. June 13, 2022 to a report of a male who had disappeared after one of two male canoeists was rescued from the waters of Georgian Bay, approximately 300 meters from shore and approximately midway between Cedar Point, Beausoleil First Nation and Mark’s Point, Tiny Township.

Investigators were assisted in the search today by members of the Beausoleil First Nation Fire Service, crew of the Beausoleil First Nations ferry Indian Maiden, Tiny Township Fire Service, County of Simcoe Paramedic Service, a search and rescue Hercules aircraft from 424 Squadron Trenton under the direction of the Joint Rescue and Coordination Centre (JRCC) in Trenton.

The OPP Underwater Search and Rescue Unit (USRU) was later dispatched to the scene to assist in the search for the missing second canoeist, a 29 year old male of Toronto in the deep and chilly (6 degrees Celsius) waters of Georgian Bay.

On June 13, 2022 the missing 29 year old and the rescued 36 yr old male from Toronto both ventured out on Georgian Bay in a small canoe lacking safety equipment and later capsized with only the 36 year old male being rescued by a nearby kayaker. The rescued male was transported to an area hospital for treatment of exposure to cold water, the investigation and search continues.

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