POLICE OPERATION REMOVES ILLEGAL DRUG DISTRIBUTION TARGETS 33 People Charged

by DrivePerth  

(LONDON, ON) – Several southwestern Ontario residents face charges following a lengthy investigation into illegal drug trafficking rings by members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).

Members of the Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (OCEB) ignited Project PINECREEK in 2012 as a project to gather evidence of illegal drug trafficking. It was then escalated in July 2014 and unveiled significant quantities of methamphetamine and cocaine were being distributed in Huron County, Lambton County, and Perth County.

At a news conference today, Inspector Chris MARTIN of Huron County Detachment and OPP Detective-Inspector Steve CLEGG of OCEB unveiled details of the investigation and samples of the evidence seized during the probe. Local police leaders also stressed the need for collaborative action to support real improvement in the lives of people, communities and neighbourhoods by reducing harm and victimization. The OPP will be engaging and mobilizing community partners to follow-up this investigation.

Project PINECREEK was conducted by OCEB Drug Enforcement-West in partnership with the members of the OPP Tactics and Rescue Unit, OPP Emergency Response Team and Community Drug Action Teams (CDAT) in Huron, Lambton and Perth County. In all, 11 search warrants were executed at 11 locations.

During Project PINECREEK, OPP seized:

132 grams of cocaine (worth an estimated value of $3,200);
21 ounces of methamphetamine (estimated value $31,500);
46 pounds of marihuana (estimated value $82,000)
32 grams of hydromorphone powder (estimated value $2,900)
423 pills (estimated value $2,100)
26 grams of cannabis resin (estimated value $260)
· 3 restricted weapons (rifles) and,

· 6 prohibited weapons (push dagger, sawed-off shotgun, butterfly knife, brass knuckles, canister of pepper spray, blow gun) and one collapsible baton.

Police also recovered $22,000 worth of stolen property including:

Bicycles;
Tools (saw, drills, generators, computers;
one side-by-side all-terrain vehicle;
one motorcycle;
· one 2002 pick-up truck; and,

$6000.00 in Canadian currency.
In addition, one (1) vehicle was seized as offence-related property.

OPP have charged 33 people with 186 offences including charges relating to the Controlled Drug and Substances Act (CDSA) and the Criminal Code of Canada

BRIDGE DEFACED BY GRAFFITI

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(MORRIS-TURNBERRY, ON) - Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers are currently investigating a case of vandalism which saw the Eadie Bridge in Morris-Turnberry defaced by offensive graffiti. Those responsible used black spray paint to deface the concrete wall of the bridge located on Gilmour Line between Howick-Turnberry Road and Glenannon Road.

Police believe the mischief first took place on December 1, 2014 and then a second case took place sometime through the night on Thursday, December 11, 2014.

Police are actively investigating this case of criminal mischief. Anyone with information regarding this case is requested to contact the Huron OPP Detachment at (519) 524-8314 or 1-888-310-1122 with your information.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

YOUNG DRIVER FACING OVER 80 CHARGE

by DrivePerth  

(CENTRAL HURON, ON) – A 21 year old driver from Central Huron is facing an Over 80 charge after he was stopped on December 14, 2014. Just before 2:30 a.m. Huron County Ontario Provincial Police officers noticed a Dodge pickup truck travelling westbound on Huron Road near Orchard Line. Officers were conducting a Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (R.I.D.E) checkpoint at the intersection when they observed the driver pull off into a private driveway just before the checkpoint. Officers followed the vehicle and stopped the vehicle at a private driveway on Huron Road.

Upon speaking with the male driver officers detected the odour of alcohol coming from the driver’s breath. A roadside screening test was completed and the driver registered a fail. He was arrested and subsequently transported to the Huron OPP detachment for breath tests. He provided two samples of his breath to a qualified Intoxilizer Technician and both tests registered over the legal limit.

As a result, the 21 year old from Central Huron has been charged with Drive Motor Vehicle – Over 80 Milligrams of Alcohol. He has a court appearance scheduled for the Ontario Court of Justice – Goderich on January 19, 2015. He received an automatic 90 day driver’s licence suspension and his motor vehicle was impounded for seven days.

IMPAIRED DRIVER ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL

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(MORRIS-TURNBERRY, ON) – A 25 year old driver is facing two criminal charges following a traffic stop on December 12, 2014. At approximately 11:15 p.m. a Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer on patrol observed a Ford F-350 pickup truck stopped on Browntown Road in the live lane of traffic.

Upon checking on the driver officers noted the driver was asleep at the wheel with the vehicle in gear. Officers also noticed an open bottle of beer in the vehicle. Upon waking the driver the vehicle lurched forward prompting the officer to place the vehicle into park.

Officers observed the driver to be displaying signs of impairment as a result he was placed under arrest. He was transported to the Huron OPP Detachment where he provided two samples of his breath to a qualified Intoxilizer Technician. Both of his tests registered over the legal limit.

As a result, the 25 year old from Morris-Turnberry has been charged with Impaired Care & Control of a Motor Vehicle and Care & Control of a Motor Vehicle – Over 80 Milligrams of Alcohol. He has a court appearance scheduled for the Ontario Court of Justice – Wingham on February 12, 2015. He received an automatic 90 day driver’s licence suspension and his motor vehicle was impounded for seven days.

KUBOTA OFF-ROAD VEHICLE STOLEN

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(BLUEWATER, ON) - Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers are investigating the theft of a 2012 Kubota utility vehicle stolen from a farm equipment dealership located on Rodgerville Road. The machine was stolen from the outdoor sales yard sometime between November 12 and November 14, 2014.

The stolen utility vehicle is described as a 2012, RTV 500-A Realtree Hardwoods camo model valued at approximately $13,000.

A photo is attached.

Any person with information regarding this incident should immediately contact Huron OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or (519) 524-8314.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

KAWASAKI ATV STOLEN

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(HURON EAST, ON) – Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers are currently investigating the theft of a green 2006 Kawasaki F75 All-Terrrain Vehicle (ATV) stolen from an insecure barn located on Brandon Road.

Police were notified of the stolen ATV on December 2, 2014. The ATV owner reported the vehicle was stolen sometime between November 23, 2014 and December 2, 2014.

Those responsible entered the unlocked storage barn and drove off on the stolen ATV.

The ATV is described as a green, F75 Kawasaki, four-wheel drive that has damage to the front and rear fenders. The ATV is valued at approximately $6,000.

A photo is attached.

Any person with information regarding this incident should immediately contact Huron OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or (519) 524-8314.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

TRAILER FILLED WITH SPORTS EQUIPMENT STOLEN

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(HURON EAST, ON) - Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers are currently investigating the recent theft of a homemade 16’ canoe trailer. The trailer was stolen from a Goderich Street West residence in Seaforth sometime between 12:00 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. on December 5, 2014.

The trailer is described as a 16’ enclosed trailer with six canoe racks. The single axle enclosed trailer is made out of green pressure treated wood. Contained inside the trailer were numerous pieces of sports equipment including:

A 12’ blue Dagger Whitewater Kayak
A 12’ yellow Spirit Kayak
A 17’ yellow Nova Craft canoe and two other homemade Canoes
Fishing Equipment
Camping Gear
Assorted Power Tools
The estimated value of the stolen property is approximately $49,500.

Any person with information regarding this incident should immediately contact Huron OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or (519) 524-8314.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

RIMS & TIRES STOLEN - EXETER

by DrivePerth  

(SOUTH HURON, ON) - Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers are currently investigating a theft of rims and tires that were stolen this past weekend.

Those responsible attended Huron Motor Products located on London Road and proceeded to steal a complete set of rims and tires from a GMC Sierra pickup. The rims are described as 20” all-terrain edition aluminum spoked rims. The truck was left behind on four cement blocks.

The approximate value of the rims and tires is $4,000. This theft took place sometime between 4:00 p.m. on December 6th and 7:00 a.m. on December 8, 2014.

Any person with information regarding this incident should immediately contact Huron OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or (519) 524-8314.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

PONTIAC PURSUIT STOLEN - GODERICH

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(GODERICH, ON) – Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers are currently investigating the theft of a silver 2006 Pontiac Pursuit stolen from a driveway located on Gloucester Terrace in Goderich. The two-door hatchback was stolen on December 7, 2014 sometime between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

The vehicle had been left unlocked with a set of keys in the vehicle. This case should be another reminder to all to “Lock it or Lose it”. Please remember to lock your car, remove the ignition key and secure your valuables in a spot where criminals will not be tempted to steal them. These simple preventative steps are effective at deterring crime otherwise you may fall victim to a preventable crime.

The vehicle is valued at approximately $11,000.

Any person with information regarding this incident should immediately contact Huron OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or (519) 524-8314.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

IMPAIRED DRIVER DITCHES TRUCK

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(SOUTH HURON, ON) – A 59 year old male driver is facing charges of Impaired Driving and Fail to Provide Breath Sample after police encountered the driver attempting to free his stuck pickup from a steep ditch. Just before 5:00 p.m. on December 4, 2014 a Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer spotted a group of people attempting to pull out a GMC Sierra pickup truck that went off the roadway into the south ditch at the intersection of Black Bush Line and Crediton Road.

Upon speaking with the driver police observed signs the driver had been drinking alcohol to the point his ability to drive had been impaired by alcohol. He was arrested for impaired driving and upon searching the vehicle officers located an open bottle of alcohol.

The driver was subsequently transported to the Exeter OPP Detachment for breath tests. The driver was given several opportunities to provide suitable samples of his breath to the Intoxilizer Technician however he failed to do so.

As a result, the 59 year old from Ailsa Craig has been charged with Impaired Driving and Fail to Provide Breath Sample. He has a court appearance scheduled for the Ontario Court of Justice – Exeter on January 29, 2015. He received an automatic 90 day driver’s licence suspension. His motor vehicle was safely towed from the ditch and impounded for seven days.

SPEEDER CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF MARIHUANA

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(ASHFIELD-COLBORNE-WAWANOSH, ON) – A 33 year old driver from Waterloo was recently caught speeding and in possession of marihuana. On November 30, 2014 a Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer was patrolling on Amberley Road near Whitechurch when encountered an Acura travelling eastbound at a high rate of speed. The officer confirmed his observations with a RADAR device and measured the vehicle’s speed at a high of 113 km/h in a posted 80 km/h zone.

Upon speaking with the driver the officer noted the smell of marihuana coming from inside the vehicle. The driver was questioned about the odour and he handed over a quantity of marihuana to the officer. The drugs were seized and the driver was charged.

As a result of the traffic stop, the driver, 33 years of age from Waterloo has been charged with Speeding and Possession of a Controlled Substance – Marihuana. He will have to attend court at the Ontario Court of Justice – Goderich on January 12, 2015 to answer to the charges.

RACING CHARGE LAID AGAINST YOUNG DRIVER

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(ASHFIELD-COLBORNE-WAWANOSH, ON) – A 20 year old driver on his way into Goderich for dinner will now have to answer to a Racing charge in Provincial court. Shortly after 9:00 p.m. on December 1, 2014 a Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer spotted a Dodge Charger travelling southbound on Bluewater Veteran’s Highway near Sheppardton Line at an extremely high rate of speed. The officer was following behind the speeding vehicle and was able to confirm the vehicle’s speed with a RADAR device. The vehicle’s speed was locked at a speed of 151 km/h in a posted 80 km/h zone.

A traffic stop was completed and the driver was charged with Racing a Motor Vehicle.

The driver, 20 years of age from Amherstburg will have to attend Provincial Offences Act Court – Goderich on January 6, 2015 to answer to the charge. His motor vehicle was also impounded for a seven day perio

OVER 80 CHARGE FOR DRIVER THAT ROLLS VEHICLE

by DrivePerth  

(HOWICK, ON) – A 39 year old male driver from Howick is facing an Over 80 charge following a motor vehicle collision that took place on December 1, 2014. At approximately 9:30 p.m. Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were dispatched to the scene of a single motor vehicle rollover collision that took place on McIntosh Line near Gough Road.

Upon arrival, officers observed a Dodge Dakota pickup truck that had rolled over and had come to rest in a corn field off of McIntosh Line. Upon speaking with the uninjured driver the investigating officer noted the driver had been drinking alcohol. A roadside screening test was administered and the driver registered a fail. He was arrested and subsequently transported to the Listowel OPP detachment for breath tests. He provided two samples of his breath to a qualified Intoxilizer Technician and both tests registered over the legal limit.

As a result, the 39 year old from Howick Twp. has been charged with Drive Motor Vehicle – Over 80 Milligrams of Alcohol. He has a court appearance scheduled for the Ontario Court of Justice – Goderich on January 5, 2015. He received an automatic 90 day driver’s licence suspension and his motor vehicle was impounded for seven days.

OPP CANINE UNIT LOCATES TRUCK THIEF

by DrivePerth  

(MUNICIPALITY OF WEST PERTH, ON) On Saturday December 06, 2014, around 5 a.m. Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were advised that a pickup truck had just been stolen from a driveway in Fullarton.

Officers immediately commenced patrolling the area in search of the vehicle. Shortly after 5 a.m. officers spotted the stolen truck on Perth Road 163 near Line 8, where they pulled over the vehicle. As officers approached the truck it sped away. The officers followed the truck in their cruiser for a short distance into Rannoch, where the pickup truck stopped and the male driver ran from the vehicle. Officers set up containment in the area and shortly thereafter an OPP West Region Canine Unit located the male hiding underneath vegetation.

The male (41) of Stratford has been charged with “theft under $5,000 of a motor vehicle”, “flight while pursued by peace officer”, and with “driving while disqualified” contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada. He remains in custody pending the outcome of a bail hearing set for Monday December 08, 2014 at the Stratford Ontario Court of Justice.

COLLISION AT STOP SIGN CONTROLLED INTERSECTION

by DrivePerth  

(TOWNSHIP OF PERTH SOUTH, ON) On Monday December 08, 2014, shortly after 6:30 a.m. Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were dispatched to a two vehicle crash at the intersection of Hwy. 7 and Perth Line 26.

Investigation revealed that a 2014 Dodge Ram van was driving north bound on Hwy 7 when it was struck on the passenger side by a 2008 Dodge Dakota pickup truck that was travelling west bound on Perth Line 26. The T bone type collision caused major damage to both vehicle and resulted in the contents of the van being strewn across the roadway. The debris which was made up of sheet metal type material forced the highway to be closed for a short period of time.

The Perth East Fire Department utilized their light tower to illuminate the scene and their personnel cleared the debris from the roadway.

The 45 year old male driver of the van, as well as the 19 year old male passenger, both St.Marys residents, sustained minimal injuries and did not require transport to hospital. The 41 year old male driver of the pickup truck, a Kitchener resident, was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries.

The driver of the pickup truck has been charged with “fail to yield to traffic on through highway”, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario.

This collision is another example of a crash that could have had fatal consequences. Stop signs need to be obeyed, be sure to “Stop and Look”.

SPECIAL INVESTIGATION UNIT (SIU) INVOKES MANDATE - COLLISION

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(HOWICK TWP., ON) – At approximately 12:20 a.m. this morning, Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers located the a suspect vehicle on Brussels Line that had failed to stop for police earlier in Bruce County.

Officers activated their emergency lights and siren in an attempt to stop the fleeing suspect but the driver failed to stop. Officers terminated their efforts to stop the vehicle after following it for a short period of time.

Officers began patrolling the area where they located the suspect vehicle which had run off the road and come to rest in a corn field. The driver was located at the scene and transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The OPP contacted the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) and was advised initially they were not going to invoke their mandate. SIU has subsequently elected to invoke their mandate and as such the OPP will not be able to provide any further information.

DRIVER IN CUSTODY FOLLOWING CRASH

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(HOWICK TWP., ON) – A male driver is currently in police custody facing three criminal charges after he failed to stop for police early this morning. Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers had received information from South Bruce OPP officers to be on the lookout for a Pontiac Grand Prix that had fled from officers in Bruce County a few hours earlier.

At approximately 12:20 a.m. Huron County OPP officers spotted the suspect vehicle travelling southbound from Wroxeter on Brussels Line. Officers activated their emergency lights and siren and attempted to stop the suspect vehicle. The driver fled from the officers and after following the suspect vehicle a short distance officers terminated their efforts.

Officers began patrolling the area whereupon they located the suspect vehicle, which had been involved in a single motor vehicle collision. The suspect vehicle left the roadway and came to rest in a corn field near the intersection of C Line Road and McDonald Line. The driver/lone occupant of the vehicle was located at the scene. He had been partially ejected from the torn apart Grand Prix.

Officers tended to the driver and provided first aid until Huron County EMS arrived on scene. The driver was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The 29 year old from Brussels has been charged with the following offences:

Flight from Police contrary to section 249.1(1) Criminal Code
Dangerous Driving contrary to section 249(1)(a) Criminal Code
Drive While Disqualified contrary to section 259 (4) Criminal Code
He remains in custody with a court appearance scheduled for December 8, 2014 at the Ontario Court of Justice – Goderich.

OPP West Region Technical Traffic Collision Investigators (TTCI) officers are currently on scene assisting with the collision investigation.

The intersection of McDonald Line and C-Line Road is currently closed. Please take alternative routes to avoid delays.

HUNTER CHARGED AFTER COLLISION

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(MUNICIPALITY OF NORTH PERTH, ON)  On Wednesday December 03, 2014, shortly after 6:30 p.m., Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were dispatched to the report of a vehicle the ditch along Perth Line 86 west of Molesworth.

Officers attended the scene and found a Toyota Tacoma pickup on its side in the north ditch along Perth Line 86.  Officers were unable to locate the driver of the vehicle.  Officers did locate two shot guns in the snow beside the truck. 

More than an hour after officers had arrived at the crash scene the owner and driver of the truck contacted police from a residence in Listowel.  The male driver attended at the North Perth OPP Detachment in Listowel shortly thereafter.  The male driver had not sustained injuries as a result of the crash.

The male (56) of Toronto has been charged with “careless use of firearm contravention of storage regulations” contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada.  He has also been charged with “fail to remain” contrary to the Highway Traffic act of Ontario.  He is scheduled to attend at the Ontario Court of Justice in Listowel on January 14, 2015, to answer to these charges.

Firearm owners are reminded that when transporting non-restricted firearms they must be unloaded.  Restricted and prohibited firearms must be unloaded AND made inoperable with a secure locking device AND locked in a sturdy opaque container.  The bolt or bolt carrier must be removed from automatic firearms if it is removable.

DRIVER FACING IMPAIRED CARE & CONTROL CHARGE

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(ASHFIELD-COLBORNE-WAWANOSH, ON) – This past weekend a driver’s search for a funnel to refuel his car prompted a call to police and ultimately led to several charges against him.  At approximately 9:21 a.m. on Sunday, November 30, 2014 Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were alerted to a driver that was parked on Belfast Road that was attempting to find a funnel to refuel his Oldsmobile.  

Within a few minutes a Huron OPP officer located the suspect vehicle parked on Belfast Road near Tower Line.  The driver stepped out of his vehicle holding a gasoline canister and proceeded to inform the officer that he ran out of gasoline while he was out driving around looking for his dog.  Upon speaking with the driver it was noted the driver had been drinking alcohol and was displaying several signs that he was impaired by alcohol.  The officer placed the driver under arrest for the offence of Impaired Care & Control of a Motor Vehicle.  He was then transported to the Huron OPP Detachment for breath tests.  He provided two samples of his breath to a qualified Intoxilizer Technician and both tests registered over the legal limit.

Further checks on the driver and the vehicle revealed the driver held a suspended driver’s licence and the motor vehicle was uninsured and was improperly plated.

 

As a result, the driver, 68 years of age from Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh has been charged with the following offences:  Impaired Care & Control of a Motor Vehicle, Care & Control Over 80 Milligrams of Alcohol, Drive Motor Vehicle – No Insurance, Drive While Suspended and Use Plate Not Authorized for Vehicle.  He has since been released from custody with a court date scheduled for the Ontario Court of Justice – Goderich on December 22, 2014.  He also received an automatic 90 day driver’s licence suspension and his vehicle was impounded.

TWO IMPAIRED DRIVERS CAUGHT DOING BURNOUTS

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(MORRIS-TURNBERRY, ON) – Two drivers having a tire burnout competition in Belgrave caught the attention of a Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer this past weekend.  On Sunday, November 30, 2014 at approximately 2:00 a.m. a Huron OPP officer heard the loud noise of tires squealing nearby.  Upon arrival at the intersection of Hamilton Street and Jane Street the officer observed a tire squealing show.  A group of young people had exited a house party and were standing around watching two drivers doing burnouts.  Two Honda Accords were pushing off against each other facing bumper to bumper creating noise and smoke.  

When the investigating officer arrived on scene both drivers immediately stopped and exited their respective vehicles.  The investigating officer spoke with both drivers and he observed that both drivers were displaying several signs that they were impaired by alcohol.  Both drivers were placed under arrest for Impaired Driving and were subsequently transported to the Huron OPP Detachment for breath tests.  Both drivers provided samples of their breath to a qualified Intoxilizer Technician and both drivers registered readings above the legal limit.

As a result, a 17 year old male Young Person from Morris-Turnberry has been charged with Impaired Driving, Drive Motor Vehicle Over 80 Milligrams of Alcohol and Person Under 19 years Consume Liquor.  He has a court date scheduled for January 8, 2015 at the Ontario Youth Court of Justice – Goderich.  He received an automatic 90 day driver’s licence suspension and his motor vehicle was impounded for seven days.

 

Also, an 18 year old from Huron East has been charged with Impaired Driving, Drive Motor Vehicle Over 80 Milligrams of Alcohol and Person Under 19 years Consume Liquor.  He has a court date scheduled for January 5, 2015 at the Ontario Court of Justice – Goderich.  He also received an automatic 90 day driver’s licence suspension and his motor vehicle was impounded for seven days.

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