Ashton resident arrested for impaired driving at Prince Edward County RIDE

Photo via Ontario Association Of Chiefs Of Police.

Members of the Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) arrested an individual in the early hours of Oct. 26 at a RIDE (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) program.

At approximately 2 a.m., officers were conducting a RIDE program on Highway 62 near County Road 3 when a vehicle entered the program. Following an interaction with the driver, officers administered an approved screening device test. Consequently, the driver, identified as Wesley Hartwick, a 21-year-old resident of Ashton, was taken into custody.

Hartwick was charged with operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs, as well as operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus). These charges have not been proven in court. Subsequently, the accused was transported to the detachment for further testing.

Following the arrest, Hartwick was released on an undertaking and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on Nov. 8. In addition to the charges, the individual’s driver’s license was suspended for 90 days, and their vehicle was impounded for a period of 7 days.

Law enforcement officials emphasize the importance of highway safety and urge the public to contribute to this effort by planning a safe ride home, underscoring the collective responsibility in ensuring road safety.

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