Busy week for Manitoulin OPP

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Trespassing at Night

(ESPANOLA, ON) – On January 10, 2020, at approximately 3:30 a.m. members of the Manitoulin Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a suspicious person in the Town of Espanola, Ontario.

Further investigation revealed that the accused had attempted to enter vehicles.

As a result, Jacob JORDAN, 21-years-old, from Espanola, was arrested and charged with the following:

  • Trespassing at night contrary to section 177 of the Criminal Code of Canada (CC), and
  • Being intoxicated in a public place contrary to section 31(4) of the Liquor Licence Act (LLA).

The accused was released on a Promise to Appear and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Espanola on February 3, 2020.

Watching a Movie while Driving

(ESPANOLA, ON) – The Manitoulin Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to remind the public that driving distracted by using a hand-held communication device is an offence under the Highway Traffic Act (HTA).

Officers have recently charged two drivers for watching a movie while driving. Distracted driving continues to be a concern on our highways and officers will continue to enforce this legislation.

This offence refers to any display screen of a television, computer or other device that is visible to the driver. This includes and is not limited to the following:

  • Texting – while driving
  • Holding the device in any way – while driving (this includes changing the song on your device or holding the phone while on speaker)
  • Watching a movie or video on any kind of device – while driving (this includes a passenger showing you something on a device)

The consequences of the above are as follows:

  • First offence: a fine of not less than $500 up to $1000 and a 3 day licence suspension upon conviction.
  • Second offence: a fine of not less than $500 up to $2000 and a 7 day licence suspension upon conviction.
  • Third offence: a fine of not less than $500 up to $3000 and a 30 day licence suspension upon conviction.

Drivers are exempt from this if they are required to call 9-1-1. If you MUST use your device immediately for any other purpose, please pull over to a safe location, not interfering with traffic and put the vehicle in park.

“Distracted driving is dangerous.┬áDistracted driving while watching a movie is completely senseless and puts every adult and child travelling on the highway at risk of serious injury or death.┬áSuspend the movie before we suspend your licence” says Manitoulin OPP Detachment Commander Inspector Megan Cavanagh.

 

Drug Seizure at Traffic Stop

(NAIRN, ON) – On January 9, 2020, at approximately 4:28 p.m. a member of the Manitoulin Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) initiated a vehicle stop on Highway 17 in Lorne Township, Ontario.

Further investigation revealed that the driver and passenger were breaching their conditions and were in possession of suspected controlled substances.

Justin SOLOMON, 36-years-old, of the Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation, was arrested and charged with the following:

  • Possession of a Schedule I substance – Methamphetamine contrary to section 4(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA),
  • Possession of a Schedule I substance – Opioid (other than heroin) contrary to section 4(1) of the CDSA, and
  • Fail to comply with recognizance contrary to section 145(3) of the Criminal Code of Canada (CC).

The accused was sent to Bail Court in Sudbury with a scheduled bail hearing on January 10, 2020.

 

Amelia ABITONG, 25-years-old, of the Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation, was also arrested and charged with the following:

  • Fail to comply with recognizance contrary to section 145(3) CC.

The accused was released on an Appearance Notice and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Espanola on February 3, 2020.

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