Impaired driving and drug trafficking keep OPP busy last week

Prince Edward OPP. (Gazette File Photo)

Members of the Prince Edward detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police were busy in Picton during the evening and overnight hours Thursday.

On Thursday,  August 13, 2020 shortly before 9:30 p.m. an officer from Prince Edward County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a traffic complaint from a concerned citizen of a possible impaired driver.

The officer located the vehicle on Lake Street near James Street in Picton. As a result of the investigation, Emerick Thivierge, 20,  from Sherbrooke Quebec was charged with impaired driving and having over 80 millilitres of alcohol in the blood.

The accused’s driver’s licence was suspended for 90 days and the motor vehicle was towed and impounded for seven days. The accused was released on an undertaking and scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton at a later date to answer to the charges.

A few hours later Friday morning, shortly before 1:00 a.m. an officer from Prince Edward County OPP located a vehicle beside the Picton Town Hall on the corner of King and Ross Streets and spoke to the driver.

The officer arrested and charged a young person with possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking Section 5(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act.

The young person, who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, was released on an undertaking and scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton at a later date to answer to the charges.

Shortly after 1:30 a.m. an officer stopped a vehicle on Market Lane in Picton and spoke to the driver.

The driver, Ryan Curtis,  47, from Prince Edward County was charged with impaired driving and having over 80 millilitres of alcohol in the blood.

The accused’s driver’s licence was suspended for 90 days and the motor vehicle was towed and impounded for seven days. The accused was released on an undertaking and scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton at a later date to answer to the charges.