Law and Order

Police investigate aggravated assault in Mindemoya

In the early evening of Friday, November 18, members of the Manitoulin Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were dispatched to an altercation at Meadowview Apartments in Mindemoya. Upon arrival, police entered the residence and found one male bleeding as the result of a puncture wound. 

A 33-year-old male from Aundeck Omni Kaning was transported to hospital where he remains and is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The OPP North East Region Crime Unit and the OPP Forensic Identification Services Unit (FISU) attended the scene.

As a result of the investigation, a 28-year-old female from Mindemoya has been charged with aggravated assault, contrary to section 268 of the Criminal Code of Canada. A 30-year-old male from M’Chigeeng First Nation has been charged with assault, contrary to section 266 of the Criminal Code of Canada. 

Both charged persons were held in custody pending bail hearings at the Ontario Court of Justice in Gore Bay on November 28, 2016.

The investigation is continuing.

Is taking the “high” road a safe alternative to drinking and driving?

Last year, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) investigated 65 road collisions in which a drug-impaired driver was found to be the primary cause of the crash. So far this year (2016), the same factor was behind 59 such collisions on OPP-patrolled roads. Tragically, 35 people have died so far this year in alcohol/drug-related crashes, which has the total number of road deaths in this causal category over the last 10  years nearing the 650 mark.

With its annual Festive Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (RIDE) campaign getting underway this week, the OPP is determined to dispel the myth that driving while high on drugs cannot be detected by police and is a safe alternative to driving under the influence of alcohol. 

Through the OPP Drug Evaluation and Classification Program, officers are trained as Drug Recognition Evaluators, giving them the authority and tools needed to detect drug-impaired drivers–something they hope no driver gives them a reason to use during the holidays. Over the coming weeks, the OPP hopes to conduct a successful campaign in which every single driver they pull over in a Festive RIDE Stop is a sober, drug-free driver.

“The solution to ending impaired-related road deaths is a simple one,” said OPP Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair, Provincial Commander, Traffic Safety and Operational Support. “Never drive if you are impaired by alcohol or drugs and know that you are doing the right thing by calling 9-1-1 to report an impaired driver. By working together, we can positively influence driver behaviour in an effort to make sober, drug-free driving a social norm during the holidays and throughout the year.”

“This year’s Festive R.I.D.E. Campaign reminds us that we all have a role to play in preventing impaired driving,” added David Orazietti, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services. “As we get together with family and friends this holiday season, plan ahead. Arrange for a designated driver and if you see someone you think is impaired, arrange a ride for them or suggest alternate arrangements. These simple steps can go a long way to keeping our families, friends, and roads safe every day of the year.”

As of October 2, 2016, Ontario legislation carries penalties for drug-impaired driving that match those already in place for alcohol-impaired drivers.

Illegal drugs are not the only drugs that can impair one’s ability to drive and result in you losing your licence.

A Warn Range Suspension can be issued to drivers whose Blood Alcohol Concentration falls within the 0.05 to 0.08 range.