Almaguin Highlands OPP officer charged with impaired driving following rock cut crash

An Almaguin Highlands OPP officer is facing charges after a crash on Highway 141 this past weekend.

On Saturday just after 10pm, Huntsville OPP was notified about a vehicle crashing into a rock cut on Highway #141 in Utterson.

Police discovered that the 44 year old male, who police say is from Huntsville, had been drinking.

He was arrested and taken to the Huntsville OPP detachment for further investigation and has since been charged with Driving While Ability was Impaired and Refusal under the Criminal Code of Canada.

The driver has been identified as Provincial Constable Jaak Valiots who was off duty at the time of the collision. He is an 18-year member of the Ontario Provincial Police and is posted to Almaguin Highlands Detachment. The officer was uninjured as a result of the crash.

Valiots is to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Huntsville on July 20th to answer to his charges.

Six face impaired driving related charges in Bracebridge

 

Bracebridge OPP have charged six people with impaired driving related offenses in the last little while.

The charges were laid between April 8th and 13th.

On Friday, April 8th, shortly after 8:30 p.m. police responded to a motor vehicle collision in a parking lot in Gravenhurst.  As a result of their investigation into the minor collision, police say it was apparent alcohol was a factor and they arrested and charged 74 year-old Thomas Harris of Orillia with Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Over 80. He’ll appear in Bracebridge court May 17th to answer to his charges.

On Sunday, April 10th at 2:30 a.m. an OPP officer noticed the erratic driving behaviour of a motorist on Muskoka Road 118 in Bracebridge and conducted a traffic stop.  During the course of the investigation, a controlled substance was found inside the vehicle. Police have charged 43 year-old Marko Mitic of Etobicoke with Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Refusing to Provide a Breath Sample and Possession of a Controlled Substance-Schedule II.  He’ll appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Bracebridge on May 10th to answer to his charges.

Also charged as a result of that same traffic stop are 32 year-old Rachelle Tamman of Bracebridge and 28 year-old Ashley Langille of Bastard-South Burgess Township, each with Possession of a Controlled Substance-Schedule II.  They will appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Bracebridge on May 10th to answer to their charges.

On Sunday April 10th at 7:00 p.m. a Bracebridge OPP officer, while conducting routine patrol on Muskoka Road 169 in Bala, was able to act on a tip and conducted a traffic stop to investigate.  As a result, 39 year-old Myles Fleming of Muskoka Lakes Township was charged with Over 80, Driving while Disqualified and Driving while Under Suspension. He will appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Bracebridge on April 26th to answer to his charges.

On Monday April 11th at 10:30 a.m. a Bracebridge OPP officer, while conducting general patrol on Muskoka Road 117 in Bracebridge, conducted a traffic stop after noticing the unusual driving behaviour of a motorist, as the vehicle was moving excessively slow.  As a result of the investigation, police have charged 27 year-old Justin Mackinnon of Lake of Bays Township with Impaired Operation and Over 80.  He will appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Bracebridge on May 10th to answer to his charges.

On Tuesday April 12th at 12:30 a.m., police were called to the area of Depot Drive in Bracebridge by a concerned member of the public who feared that a person was under the influence of alcohol and was going to drive his vehicle.  The caller was very helpful by providing a description of the vehicle and eventually, the direction of travel.  Police were able to locate the vehicle on Old Falkenburg Road in Bracebridge and as a result of their investigation, charged 21 year-old Jacob Pattison of Muskoka Lakes Township with Impaired Operation, Over 80, Driving with Liquor Readily Available and Young Driver having a Blood Alchohol Concentration Above Zero. He will appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Bracebridge on May 10th to answer to his charges.

On Wednesday April 13th at 4:45 a.m. Bracebridge OPP officers came upon a motor vehicle collision on Windermere Road in Muskoka Lakes Township while driving to a call for service.  The single motor vehicle appeared to have left the roadway and entered the ditch.  Police subsequently arrested and charged 41 year-old Angela Brazier of Muskoka Lakes Township with Impaired Care or Control of a Motor Vehicle and Over 80 Care or Control.  She will appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Bracebridge on May 10th to answer to his charges.

In all cases, the accused operator received an immediate 90 day driver’s licence suspension and further had their vehicle towed and impounded.

Bracebridge OPP would like to thank all concerned members of the public who take the time to call police when they suspect someone of driving impaired.