Ameliasburgh collision leads to impaired charges

Prince Edward OPP. (Gazette File Photo)

A Belleville woman is facing driving while impaired charges after a mid-day crash in Ameliasburgh Thursday.

Shortly after 12 p.m. members from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment responded to a motor vehicle collision on County Road 3.

Officers located the vehicle and spoke to the driver. As a result of further investigation, the driver was arrested and taken to detachment for testing.

Sarah Staples, 41 from Belleville, was arrested and charged with:

  • Operation While Impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus) – 320.14(1)(b)

The driver was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on Jan 27, 2021. The driver was also given a 90 day Administrative Driver’s Licence Suspension and the vehicle was impounded for seven days.

Prince Edward OPP are thanking motorists for remaining vigilant and reporting impaired drivers. To report impaired drivers, call 1.888.310.1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or submit a tip online at where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

In other OPP reports:

• A Prince Edward County man has been charged Quinte West OPP for lurking around a Trenton-area business.

On Thursday at approximately 5:30 a.m., Quinte West OPP attended the business on Trenton Street, and after a search of the area the individual was located by officers. After a brief investigation, the accused was identified and arrested on outstanding warrants.

Erick Wallace, 24, of Prince Edward County has been charged with the following offences:

  •  Obstruct peace officer
  • Possession of property obtained by crime under $5000 – two counts
  • Trafficking in stolen goods under $5000 – two counts; and
  • Break and enter a place – commit indictable offence

The accused was released on an Undertaking and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Belleville on Feb. 18, 2021.

• Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment responded to a domestic call on Wed. Jan. 6, 2021 around 2:30 a.m. in Ameliasburgh Ward.

Officers arrived and conducted further investigation. As a result, a 49 year old male from Prince Edward County was arrested and charged with two counts of assault. The individual is to appear before the court at a later date. The name of the accused is not being released to protect the identity of the victim.

If you or someone you know is living in or involved in an abusive relationship help is available. Contact Alternatives for Women for support, advice or the safety of a shelter at 613-476-2787. Victim Services of Hastings, Prince Edward, Lennox and Addington is also available to provide emotional and practical assistance to people who have experienced domestic violence. They can be reached at 613-771-1767 or toll free at 1-866-680-9972. In emergencies call 9-1-1.

• The Ontario Provincial Police has received numerous complaints where members of the public from across the province received unsolicited emails which, when opened, contained links to images of child sexual abuse.

  The emails, which were received from the email account contained directions, that when followed unknowingly exposed the recipient to child sexual abuse imagery.

Recipients of emails from are asked to contact their local police and to abstain from opening the emails.

The Ontario Provincial Police would like to remind the public to exercise caution when opening emails received from unfamiliar or unusual accounts. If unsure, a company’s legitimate contact information can typically be confirmed by visiting their website.

Anyone wanting to make a difference is encouraged to go to to download the “Child Sexual Abuse-It Is Your Business” brochure from the Canadian Center for Child Protection. This is an important first step that can save a child.

 Parents are reminded to take a proactive approach to help protect their children from online sexual exploitation by speaking with their children regarding internet safety. Parents and anyone interested in protecting children can find resources to assist them at

 Police are asking anyone who may have information regarding this investigation or if you have information regarding internet child exploitation, please contact the OPP at . If wish to remain anonymous you can contact Crime Stoppers at (TIPS) or 1-800-222-8477