Law & Order

UCCM Police arrest man following foot chase

During the afternoon hours of October 10, UCCM Police were conducting RIDE spot checks in the community of Whitefish River when they observed a male passenger from an approaching Dodge Ram pickup truck suddenly jump out of the vehicle. The passenger was readily identified by officers at the RIDE spot check as a 30-year-old male who was wanted by UCCM Police for outstanding arrest warrants.

A foot chase ensued but within minutes the fleeing fugitive was arrested and taken into policy custody by UCCM officers. The accused was held in custody pending bail scheduled for the October 13 and faces two counts of possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000 and one count of fail to appear.

Public intoxication leads to criminal charge

On Saturday, October 17, at around 1:45 pm, the Manitoulin Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was advised of an intoxicated male in the town of Gore Bay. It was reported that the male was extremely intoxicated and was pushing a baby stroller while riding a bicycle.

A short time later, police observed the male going into a restaurant. While police spoke with the subject they determined he was intoxicated and the male became belligerent and combative with police. He was restrained and taken into custody.

As a result of the officer’s investigation, a 25-year-old male of Gordon Township was arrested and charged with the following: assault police with intent to resist arrest, contrary to the Criminal Code (CC), and being intoxicated in a public place, contrary to the Liquor Licence Act of Ontario.

The accused will appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Gore Bay on Monday, January 18, 2016 to answer to his charges.

OPP charges female with impaired driving

On Saturday, October 17 at around 12:40 am, an officer of the Manitoulin Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was on patrol in Little Current. A short time later police observed a black Chrysler Intrepid driving on Manitowaning Road in an erratic manner. The vehicle was stopped and the officer determined that the driver had consumed alcohol.

As a result of the officer’s investigation, a 64-year-old woman of Gatineau, Quebec was arrested and charged with the following: driving while ability impaired – motor vehicle, contrary to the Criminal Code and failing to provide a breath sample, contrary to the Criminal Code.

The accused will appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Gore Bay on Monday, November 30, 2015 to answer to her charges.

The OPP is reminding motorists that there is no safe amount of alcohol consumption when driving. Anyone who suspects a driver is driving while impaired is urged to call police by dialing 9-1-1 immediately.

RIDE check results in drug seizure

On Saturday, October 10 at 8:30 pm, the Manitoulin Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was conducting a R.I.D.E. (Reduce Impaired Driving Enforcement) stop check on Highway 540 and Boozeneck Road in Little Current. A red Dodge Caravan vehicle entered the check and upon the officer talking with the driver a strong odour of marijuana was detected. This interaction led to further investigation and search of the vehicle which produced a large quantity of marijuana and an amount of cocaine being seized.

As a result of this investigation the driver of the vehicle, a 35-year-old male of Whitefish River First Nation, has been arrested and charged with the following offenses: Possession of Schedule II (marijuana) Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking contrary to the Controlled Drug and Substance Act; Possession of Schedule I (cocaine) Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking contrary to the Controlled Drug and Substance Act; Possession of Schedule II (marijuana) Substance contrary to the Controlled Drug and Substance Act; and Possession of Schedule II (cocaine) Substance contrary to the Controlled Drug and Substance Act.

The passenger of the vehicle, a 29-year-old female of Birch Island, has also been arrested and charged with the following offences: Possession of Schedule II (marijuana) Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking contrary to the Controlled Drug and Substance Act; and Possession of Schedule I (cocaine) Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking contrary to the Controlled Drug and Substance Act; Possession of Schedule II (marijuana) Substance contrary to the Controlled Drug and Substance Act; and Possession of Schedule II (Cocaine) Substance contrary to the Controlled Drug and Substance Act.

Both persons were later released on a Promise to Appear for Ontario Court of Justice in Gore Bay on the November 30, 2015.

Winter is coming – be prepared

Winter is quickly on its way and the Manitoulin Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is reminding the motoring public to practice safe driving habits. When you are on the road, there are a few simple things you can do to reduce the risk of a collision:

• Give yourself a little extra time to reach your destination, as traffic will be slower.

• Ensure that you have completely brushed the snow and ice off your vehicle to allow a clear view of the roadway—this includes your headlights and taillights. A buildup of snow on your vehicle can reduce your visibility and cause a traffic hazard to other motorists and could lead to Highway Traffic Act (HTA) charges.

• Check your windshield wiper fluid levels and pack an extra container in your vehicle.

• Drive according to the road and weather conditions-reduce your speed and increase your following distance to ensure you can stop safely if needed. Speed too fast for conditions is the most common cause of winter collisions.

• Accelerate slowly and brake sooner to avoid spin outs especially at intersections.

• Check the weather forecast. It may be better to stay home.

• Be a sober driver.

The OPP encourages all motorists to practice safe and courteous driving habits to reduce the risk of preventable winter collisions.

If travel is necessary during potentially dangerous winter weather, it’s best to inform someone of the travel route, destination and expected arrival time. Motorists should also remember to keep their gas tank near full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.

Keeping a winter vehicle kit is also a good practice and can include these items: flashlights with extra batteries; first aid kit with pocket knife; necessary medication; blankets; matches and candles for light and heat; extra set of mittens, socks and wool cap; bag of sand for generating traction under the wheels; shovel; booster cables; a brightly coloured cloth to use as a distress flag; and bottled water.

Visit the Ontario Ministry of Transportation website at ontario.ca/511, Twitter @511Ontario or call 511 for traveller’s information such as winter road conditions, construction reports, road closures, traffic reports, traffic cameras and interactive mapping.

Please do not call 9-1-1 or the OPP for road reports.