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Perth County OPP Reports - August 23, 2014

Web posted on August 23, 2014

BREATH TESTS REGISTER OVER 80

(ST.MARYS, ON) - On Thursday August 21, 2014, shortly after 2:30 p.m., a Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer conducted a traffic stop on Queen St. West in St.Marys. The driver of the car failed a roadside breath test and was transported to the Perth County OPP Detachment in Sebringville where he failed two Intoxilyzer breath tests.

Jeffrey GRIFFITHS (21) of St.Marys has been charged with, "driving with more than 80 mgs. of alcohol in blood". The male was released on a Promise to Appear, and is scheduled to attend at the Ontario Court of Justice in Stratford on September 15, 2014 to answer to this charge. He was also issued a 90 day driver's licence suspension and his car was impounded for 7 days.

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SUV DRIVES INTO BACK OF COMBINE-HARVESTER

(MUNICIPALITY OF NORTH PERTH, ON) - On Wednesday August 20, 2014, shortly after 1 p.m. Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were dispatched to a collision involving a Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) and a combine on Perth Road 140 south of Teviotdale.

Investigation revealed that a John Deere combine was driving north bound on the east gravel shoulder of Perth Road 140 when a north bound Hyundai Tucson drove into the back of the combine. The impact caused extensive damage to both vehicles, and resulted in injuries to both drivers.

The drivers were transported to a local hospital for treatment. Both the 27 year old male driver of the combine, a West Grey Twp. resident, and the 29 year old male driver of the Hyundai, a resident of Brockton, sustained minor injuries.

The driver of the Hyundai has been charged with the following Highway Traffic Act of Ontario offences; "careless driving", and "drive motor vehicle, no currently validated permit".

Area motorists are reminded that farm machinery traffic tends to be heavier on Perth County roads towards the end of the summer and into the harvest months. Farm vehicles also tend to be larger than other traffic on our roads. In addition they usually travel between 30-40 km/h, while other vehicles may be travelling 80-90 km/h on the same road. To avoid a potential collision, motorists are to use good judgement when approaching and overtaking farm machinery.

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PERTH COUNTY OPP UPDATED MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICER CONTACT INFORMATION

(PERTH COUNTY, ON) - As of today August 22, 2014, the Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) media officer will no longer be utilizing a pager as a point of contact. For media inquiries please contact the Perth County OPP Media Relations officer Provincial Constable Kees Wijnands at;

kees.wijnands@ontario.ca and (519) 393-6123 x 3370

Media officers will be utilizing smart phones and can receive emails while out of the office. In the email state your name, contact information and reason for your call and the media officer will return your request as soon as practicable.

Be advised that normal business hours are Mon-Fri 8am to 4pm. Responses to any media related inquiries after hours, during weekends or during holidays will need the approval of an OPP Supervisor and might not be returned until the next business day.

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UPDATE - TRANSPORT TRUCK AND MINIVAN COLLIDE

(TOWNSHIP OF PERTH EAST, ON) - The Perth County Ontario Provincial Police have concluded their investigation into the July 31, 2014, collision that occurred at the intersection of Perth Road 121 and Line 67.

In this collision a Chrysler Town and Country minivan with seven occupants travelling south on Perth Road 121 was struck in the intersection of Line 67 by a west bound Peterbilt truck pulling a trailer loaded with gravel.

As a result of the OPP investigation, the following charges have been laid:

The driver of the Peterbilt truck, Mike DONKERS (23) of the Municipality of North Perth, has been charged with the following Highway Traffic Act of Ontario offences; "careless driving", and "fail to accurately complete daily inspection report". He is to appear in Stratford Provincial Offences Court on September 23, 2014 to answer to these charges.

The company that owns the Peterbilt truck, DONEGAN'S HAULAGE Ltd. of the Municipality of North Perth, has been charged with the following Highway Traffic Act of Ontario offence; "fail to ensure daily inspection report is accurately completed". The company is also to appear in Stratford Provincial Offences Court on September 23, 2014 to answer to this charge.


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