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MALE CHARGED WITH SEVERAL CRIMINAL OFFENCES AFTER MOTOR VEHICLE COLLISION

(FENWICK TOWNSHIP, ON) – On May 19, 2019 at approximately 3:00 p.m. members from the Sault Ste. Marie Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Detachment were dispatched to a traffic complaint on Highway 17 in Fenwick Township, Ontario. Several motorist advised the motor vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed and passing dangerously.

The motor vehicle continued south bound on Highway 17 and was observed losing control, entering the ditch where it rolled and came to rest. Motorists observed the male driver exit the vehicle and flee into the wooded area.

OPP members attended the scene of the motor vehicle collision. The male suspect was located shortly after police arrival and was found to be in possession of a conductive energy weapon (Taser).

As a result of further investigation, Todd CAPPELLANI 28 years-old of Aweres Township, Ontario was charged with the following:

  • Dangerous operation contrary to section 320.13(1) of the Criminal Code (CC),
  • Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs contrary to section 320.14(1)(a) of the CC,
  • Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus) contrary to section 320.14(1)(b) of the CC,
  • Unauthorized possession of a weapon contrary to section 91(2) of the CC,
  • Carrying concealed weapon contrary to section 90 of the CC,
  • Fail to remain contrary to section 200(1)(a) of the Highway Traffic Act (HTA),
  • Class G1 licence holder – unaccompanied by qualified driver contrary to Ontario Regulation 340/94 section 5(1) of the HTA.

The accused is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice on June 10, 2019 located at 426 Queen Street, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

 

MALE CHARGED FOR IMPAIRED AFTER TRAFFIC STOP

(MACDONALD-MEREDITH-ABERDEEN TOWNSHIP, ON) – On May 18, 2019 at approximately 10:00 p.m. members from the Sault Ste. Marie Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Detachment conducted a traffic stop on a motor vehicle in regards to a traffic violation on Church Street in the Township of Macdonald-Meredith-Aberdeen, Ontario.

As a result of further investigation, Andrew SMITH, 47 years-old of Macdonald-Meredith-Aberdeen Township, Ontario was charged with the following:

  • Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus) contrary to section 320.14(1)(b) of the Criminal Code,
  • Driver fail to surrender licence contrary to Section 33(1) of the Highway Traffic Act.

The accused is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice on June 24, 2019 located at 426 Queen Street, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

 

LOCAL MAN CHARGED WITH IMPAIRED BY DRUG

(ELLIOT LAKE, ON) – On May 18, 2019 at 9:26 a.m., the East Algoma Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were called to a suspicious male in a pick-up truck passed out and parked in the opposite lane of traffic on Laprairie Crescent in the City Elliot Lake, Ontario.

The complainant stated that they watched the male drive to that location.  Prior to passing out, he was shaking his head aggressively and banging it against the steering wheel. The male driver woke up a short time afterwards, exited the vehicle and departed the area on foot. A second complaint was reported of the male on foot acting in a bizarre manner behind a school on Hergott Avenue. Police and Algoma Paramedic Services (EMS) located the male. He was yelling at trees, not making sense, taking his shirt off, and exhibited signs of confusion.

Police were able to gain control of the male. He was assessed by EMS and later released. A pill bottle with numerous suspected prescription pills was located inside the vehicle and seized by police.

Mitchell GENTILE, 29 years of age, from Elliot Lake, Ontario was charged with:

  • Operation While Impaired – Alcohol and Drugs, contrary to section 320.14(1)(a) of the Criminal Code (CC),
  • Possession of a Schedule I Substance – Opioid (other than heroin),  contrary to section 4(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA),
  • Drive Motor Vehicle – No Licence, contrary to section 32(1) of the Highway Traffic Act (HTA),
  • Drive Motor Vehicle with Speed Measuring Warning Device, contrary to section 79(2) of the HTA.

The accused is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Elliot Lake, Ontario on June 4, 2019.

The East Algoma Detachments of the OPP would like to remind the motoring public to drive sober; this includes drug consumption as well. Impairment by drugs is a crime under the Criminal Code of Canada (CC) and drivers who are charged with driving while impaired by drugs are subject to the same penalties as those who are charged with driving while impaired by alcohol.

The OPP has highly trained Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE) officers who are skilled in the detection and investigation of drug impaired drivers.

A charge of impairment by drugs involves all drugs, be it prescription, over-the-counter and those that are illegal. Should you observe a suspected impaired driver, please dial 911 or contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122.

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