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Perth County OPP Reports - July 15, 2014

Web posted on July 15, 2014

VEHICLE TOWED, CHARGES LAID

(TOWNSHIP OF PERTH SOUTH, ON) - On Sunday morning July 13, 2014, shortly after 2 a.m. a Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer conducted a traffic stop on Line 14 north of St.Mary's.

The 21 year old male driver of the car, a Stratford resident was administered a roadside breath test using a roadside screening device. He registered a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) from .05 to .08, and was issued a 3 day driver's licence suspension. He was also charged with "novice driver BAC above zero".

None of the four male passengers in the car were able to drive the vehicle from the scene as they had also been drinking. The vehicle was subsequently towed from the scene. One of the 4 male passengers was also charged with "having liquor in open container in other than licensed premises, residence or private place".

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THEFT FROM OPEN RESIDENTIAL GARAGE

(MUNICIPALITY OF NORTH PERTH, ON) - On Sunday July 13, 2014, Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were contacted by an Armstrong St. West resident in Listowel, who advised that numerous items had been stolen from his garage.

Investigation indicated that sometime between 11:30 p.m. Saturday July 12, 2014, and 4:30 a.m. Sunday July 13, 2014, an unknown suspect entered the open garage and removed the following items: Stihl weed wacker, DeWalt flashlight, A pair of Nike running shoes and A pair of Puma running shoes.

Anyone with information about this theft is requested to contact the Perth County OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), and you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000 Residents are reminded to lock their vehicles, garages, and outbuildings, in order to avoid these opportunistic thefts.

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RIDER LOSES MOTORCYCLE FOR 7 DAYS

(TOWNSHIP OF PERTH SOUTH, ON) - On Sunday July 13, 2014, around 12:45 p.m., an officer with the Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was conducting patrols on Perth Road 130 south of Sebringville, when a south bound motorcycle was observed travelling at an extremely high rate of speed. The officer utilized police radar and determined the motorcycle's speed to be 136 km/h in a posted 80 km/h zone.

The motorcyclist was pulled over by the officer and the offending rider, a 24 year old male from Thames Centre was charged with "race a motor vehicle". He is scheduled to appear in Stratford court on August 12, 2014 to answer to this charge. His driver's licence was suspended for seven days, and his motorcycle was impounded for a week.

The Perth County OPP will continue to target impaired, aggressive and suspended drivers. Citizens are urged to contact police immediately if they witness or suspect an impaired driver. The OPP can be reached anytime anywhere within the Province of Ontario at 1-888-310-1122.

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COLLISION RESULTS IN IMPAIRED CHARGE

(TOWNSHIP OF PERTH EAST, ON) - Early Saturday morning July 12, 2014, Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were called to a single motor vehicle crash on Line 47 east of Perth Road 107.

Investigation revealed that well before 6 a.m., a Honda Civic was being driven west bound on Line 47 when it left the roadway and entered the south ditch resulting in extensive damage to the vehicle. The uninjured male driver displayed signs of impairment and was transported to the Perth County OPP Detachment in Sebringville where he failed two Intoxilyzer breath tests.

Leonel MENA (21) of Stratford has been charged with "driving while ability impaired", and "driving with more than 80 mgs. of alcohol in blood", both these charges are contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada. He has also been charged with "young driver-blood alcohol concentration above zero", contrary to the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario.

He is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Stratford on Monday August 11, 2014 to answer to these charges. He was also issued a 90 day driver's licence suspension and his vehicle was impounded for 7 days.

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COLLISION INJURES TWO E-BIKE RIDERS

(MUNICIPALITY OF WEST PERTH, ON) - On Thursday July 10, 2014, shortly after 3 p.m. Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were dispatched to a collision between an E-bike and a passenger van at the intersection of Ontario Rd. (Hwy. 8) and St.George St. in Mitchell.

Investigation revealed that the E-bike carrying the rider and a passenger was travelling north bound on St.George St. when it made a left turn at Ontario Rd. While making the turn, a passenger van proceeding southbound through the intersection struck the E-bike. The two female riders of the E-bike landed on the road surface and sustained minor injuries. They were transported to local hospital for treatment.

The sixteen year female operator of the E-bike, a Municipality of West Perth resident had been charged with "turn not in safety". Both injured females were wearing proper helmets.

As of October 03, 2009, E-bikes (both those resembling conventional bicycles and those resembling motor scooters) have been permanently allowed on Ontario roads and highways where conventional bicycles are currently permitted.

The Perth County OPP wants to remind the public of the laws as set out in the Ontario Highway Traffic Act (HTA) pertaining to E-bikes. They must follow the same rules that currently apply to cyclists, with some exceptions.


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