Police investigating ATV crash, more charges for local roofer

Prince Edward OPP. (Gazette File Photo)

An All Terrain Vehicle driver making way for oncoming cyclists on the Millennium Trail north west of Wellington lost control of his vehicle had had to be rushed to hospital with critical injuries Saturday afternoon.

Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) members of the Prince Edward County Detachment responded an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) collision on the Millenium Trail in Hallowell Ward.

At approximately 5:30 p.m. on Sat., Aug. 17,  OPP officers were dispatched to an ATV collision on the Millenium Trail near where Greer Road and Danforth Road intersect the multi-purpose trail . Officers arrived and determined that three occupants on a single ATV moved over to share the trail with cyclists. The ATV went over too far and fell into a steep ditch.

All three riders were ejected from the ATV. The male driver was taken to hospital with critical injuries while the other two occupants were not injured.

The OPP are continuing the investigation.

Prince Edward County Community Safety / Media Relations Officer Constable Karen German  stated alcohol was not a factor in this event and is taking this opportunity to remind ATV/ORV (off road vehicle) drivers to take a  safety course and learn to ride from an expert.

As well, drivers should:

·       know your ATV/ORV and read its operator’s manual before you ride

·      Remember graduated licensing requirements apply to young and novice drivers when driving on-road

·       limit the number of passengers to the number of available seating positions

·       do a pre-ride inspection and check oil, gas and other fluid levels, lights, brakes and tire pressure

·       stay in control – never ride beyond your skill level or abilities

·       always ride according to trail, road and weather conditions

·       use extreme caution when turning, crossing, climbing and descending hills – always cross obstacles using the proper technique

·       drive sober – it’s against the law to drive while impaired by alcohol or drugs – they will affect your judgement and slow your reaction time

·       ride with others and always let someone know where you’re going and when you expect to return

·       be responsible and courteous, and respect others on the trail

·       ride in designated areas only

·       preserve the environment and keep noise levels low

In other Prince Edward OPP news:

  • On Fri.,  Aug. 16,  OPP officers were patrolling roads in Prince Edward County and  conducting speed enforcement when an officer had occasion to stop a motorist exceeding the 80 km/hour speed limit at at rate of 145 km/hour.

The officer was travelling eastbound on County Road 1 near Station Road in Ameliasburgh Ward at about 4:45 p.m. when a westbound vehicle was observed at a visibly high rate of speed. The officer stopped the vehicle and arrested the male driver for stunt driving.

Jason Glionna, 23, from Aurora, Ontario has been charged with Race Motor Vehicle – Excessive Speed – Section 172 (1) Highway Traffic Act.

The man’s driver’s licence has been suspended for seven days and the vehicle has been impounded for seven days and the accused is schedule to appear in Provincial Offences Court in Picton on Fri., Sept. 20, 2019.

German said speeding offences accounted for more than half of the total 385,278 traffic charges in Ontario in 2018 and exceeding the posted speed limit, following too closely, erratic/unsafe lane changes, failure to obey traffic signs/signals and road rage are all forms of aggressive driving.

  • On Saturday and Sunday members of the Prince Edward County Detachment responded to two motor vehicle collisions involving alcohol.

On Sat., Aug 17 at approximately 1:43 p.m. OPP officers went to a collision on County Rd. 5 at Davis Road in Sophiasburgh Ward where a pickup truck with two occupants had rolled over and struck a telephone pole. The roads were closed from Elmbrook Road and County Road 5, north of Davis Road  while officers conducted their investigation.

One male was transported to hospital for minor head injuries. Breath tests were conducted at the hospital and the male driver registered under the legal requirement.

Prince Edward County resident Logan Lewis, 20,  has been charged with one count of Operate Motor Vehicle while Prohibited – Section 320.18 – Criminal Code. The accused was released and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice on August 28, 2019 in Picton.  The vehicle was impounded for 45 days.

On Sun., Aug. 18, OPP officers attended to a collision at approximately 1:30 a.m. where a van drove into a ditch and struck a tree on County Rd. 4 and Tripp Road in Hallowell Ward.

The male driver was arrested and transported to detachment for breath tests.

Jeremy Watson, 38,  from Prince Edward County, Ontario has been charged with one count each of Operation While Impaired – Section 320.14 (1)(a) Criminal Code and Operation While Imparied – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus) Section 320.14(1)(b) Criminal Code.

The accused was released from custody to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice on Wednesday September 11, 2019 in Picton. He was also issued a 90 day Administrative Driver’s Licence Suspension and the vehicle was impounded for 7 days.

  • Prince Edward OPP continue to investigate a suspected act of arson last week that damaged a bulldozer at a work site in northwest Picton.

On Aug. 14, 2019 just after 11:00 p.m. OPP received a fire assist call regarding a bulldozer that had been set on fire.

OPP officers were requested to assist Prince Edward County Fire Department (PECFD) who attended to a fire after a witness had observed flames on an un-assumed road that starts at Skutter St. going from Kingsley Rd to Inkerman St. in Hallowell Ward.

The following day officers attended to the area and determined a Liebherr model 631 bulldozer had been parked on the un-assumed road and was purposely set on fire.

The property is valued at approximately $30,000.

Prince Edward OPP Crime Unit have been engaged to assist with the investigation.

OPP are asking that anyone with information regarding this incident to contact the OPP Provincial Communications Centre at 1 – 888 – 310 – 1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1 – 800 – 222 – 8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous online message at wepay@lks.net where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000 or go to www.crimestoppersquinte.ca

  • More victims have stepped forward in regarding the matter of a local roofer who allegedly defrauded a number of county residents.

The investigation began July 16, 2019 when two people reported that they had paid for work on their roofs, but the work had not been initiated.  As of July 29, 2019 five other victims have come forward with complaints of roofing work that was paid for but never done. .

Michael Crandall, 37, from Consecon, Ontario was charged in July 2019 with two counts Fraud over $5,000 – Criminal Code – 380 (1) (a)

On Friday Aug., 16, Crandall was additionally charged with the following offences:

  • Fraud Over $5,000 – Criminal Code 380(1)(a)- three counts
  • Theft Over $5,000 –  Criminal Code 334(a)  – four counts
  • Fraud Under $5,000 – Criminal Code 380 (1)(b)  – one count
  • Theft Under $5,000 – Criminal Code 334(b)  – one count
  • Use, deal, acts on Forged Document – Criminal Code 368 (1)(a) – one count

The accused was released to attend the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on Wed., August 21, 2019.

The amount of loss sustained by the multiple victims is approximately $29,700.

The OPP are still canvassing for any other victims to please come forward to the Prince Edward County OPP Detachment by calling 1-613-476-2151.

Any person with information regarding this incident should immediately contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122.   If you or someone you know suspect they’ve been a victim of fraud contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

-Staff