Bracebridge Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were busy during the evening hours of June 23, 2021 investigating incidents of impaired driving, ultimately charging four operators.
At 8:30 p.m. officers noticed a person driving a mobility scooter in the middle of First Street in Gravenhurst in a concerning manner and while approaching the person, he ran off leading police on a short foot chase. Officers subsequently arrested and charged 27 year-old Travis SHELTON of Severn Township, ON with Impaired Operation by Drug CC 320.14(1)(a), Fail to Comply with Demand CC 320.15(1), Resist Peace Officer CC 129(a) X 2, Possession of a Schedule I Substance – Methamphetamine CDSA 4(1) and Fail to Comply with Probation CC 733.1(1). He was held in custody and will appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Bracebridge on June 25, 2021 for a bail hearing.
At 10:00 p.m. an officer was stationary on Bethune Drive in Gravenhurst when an All-Terrain Vehicle passed by, driving in an unsafe manner and the operator was not wearing a helmet. The officer conducted a traffic stop on Moody Drive and subsequently arrested and charged 21 year-old Tyler COCHRANE of Gravenhurst, ON with Impaired Operation CC 320.14(1)(a) and Over 80 CC 320.14(1)(b). He will appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Bracebridge on July 13, 2021 to answer to his charges.
At 10:11 p.m. officers responded to a report of a single vehicle collision on Muskoka Road 169 near Glen Orchard in Muskoka Lakes Township, the vehicle reportedly left the roadway, flipped and was on fire. Muskoka Lakes Fire Department and Muskoka EMS attended and the driver was transported to hospital with minor injuries. An investigation was conducted into the collision and 45 year-old David SINGH of Oshawa, ON was arrested and charged with Impaired Operation CC 320.14(1)(a) and Over 80 CC 320.14(1)(b). He will appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Bracebridge on July 27, 2021 to answer to his charges.
At 11:35 p.m. officers received multiple complaints from members of the public about a vehicle travelling along Matthiasville Road in an unsafe manner and ultimately it left the roadway and landed in the ditch. Officers were able to locate the operator nearby and subsequently arrested and charged 32 year-old Karl BELANGER of Bracebridge, ON with Impaired Operation CC 320.14(1)(a) and Over 80 CC 320.14(1)(b). He will appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Bracebridge on July 27, 2021 to answer to his charges.
In all cases of impaired driving, the accused’s drivers license is suspended for 90 days and furthermore their vehicle is impounded.
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