East Algoma OPP: Blotter for Monday May 30th

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OPP CHARGE SPEEDER FOR DRUG OFFENCE

(BLIND RIVER, ON) – On May 27, 2016, members of the East Algoma Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were on regular patrol duties on Highway 17 in the Township of the North Shore east of Blind River. At 7:46 p.m., police observed a westbound vehicle on Highway 17 travelling at a high rate of speed.  A traffic stop was initiated.

As a result of the investigation, it was determined that there was Cannabis Marihuana in the vehicle. Daniel ECKERT, 37 years of age, from London, Ontario, was charged with:

  • Possession of a Schedule II Substance – Cannabis Marihuana – Under 30 grams, contrary to section 4(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances  Act; and
  • Speeding contrary to section 128 of the Highway Traffic Act.

The accused is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Blind River on July 7, 2016.

OPP CHARGE DRIVER WITH DRUG OFFENCE

(BLIND RIVER, ON) – On May 27, 2016, members of the East Algoma Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were on regular patrol duties in the Town of Blind River. At 11:48 p.m., police observed a westbound vehicle on Causley Street and initiated a traffic stop.

As a result of the investigation, it was determined that there was Cannabis Marihuana in the vehicle. David DIXON, 35 years of age, from Brantford, Ontario, was charged with:

  • Possession of a Schedule II Substance – Cannabis Marihuana – Under 30 grams, contrary to section 4(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

The accused is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Blind River on July 7, 2016.

DRIVER CHARGED – NO INSURANCE

(BLIND RIVER, ON) – On May 28, 2016, members of the East Algoma Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were on regular patrol duties on Highway 17 in the Town of Blind River. At 7:30 p.m., police observed an eastbound vehicle on Highway 17 with an expired temporary plate.  A traffic stop was initiated.

As a result of the investigation, the vehicle was found not to be insured. John MCKEACHNIE, 29 years of age, from Iron Bridge, Ontario was charged with:

  • Drive Motor Vehicle-No Insurance, contrary to section 2(1) of the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act; and
  • Drive Motor Vehicle, No Currently Validated Permit, contrary to section 7(1)(a) of the Highway Traffic Act.

The accused is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Blind River on July 6, 2016.

OPP CHARGE MALE FOR ASSAULT

(ST JOSEPH TOWNSHIP, ON) – On May 29, 2016, at 10:36 p.m., members of the East Algoma Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a call of two people that had been assaulted at a residence in St Joseph Township. Police attended the residence and determined an argument had ensued between two males and a female.

As a result of the investigation, Calvin FLEMING, 39 years of age, from St Joseph Township, Ontario, was charged with:

  • Assault (X2), contrary to section 266 of the Criminal Code.

The accused is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Blind River on July 7, 2016.

MALE CHARGED FOR USING HIS CELL PHONE WHILE DRIVING

(THESSALON) – On May 28, 2016, members of the East Algoma Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were on regular patrol duties in the Town of Thessalon. At 8:06 p.m., police observed an eastbound vehicle on Highway 17 and the driver was using his cell phone while operating his vehicle.  A traffic stop was initiated.

As a result of the investigation, Ricky USELTON, 66 years of age, from Pennsylvania was issued a provincial offence notice and charged with:

  • Drive-Hand Held Communication Device, contrary to section 78.1(1) of the Highway Traffic Act.

There is good research that indicates that distracted drivers are more likely to cause collisions and serious injury than impaired drivers. It is the responsibility of every driver to devote all of their attention to driving.

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