Belleville, Quinte West residents facing impaired driving charges

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The Quinte West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) recently laid charges in three separate impaired driving investigations.

According to a media release, the first incident occurred on Nov. 5 around 7 p.m., when officers conducted a routine traffic stop on Hamilton Road, Quinte West, after witnessing a traffic violation. The ensuing investigation led to the arrest of 42-year-old Jeffery Toms from Quinte West. Toms now faces charges of operating a vehicle while impaired by alcohol or drugs and failure or refusal to comply with a breath demand. Charges have not been proven in court.

The second incident unfolded on Nov. 4, at approximately 4 a.m., when officers responded to reports of a heated dispute at a residence in Trenton. Upon arrival, the accused had reportedly fled the scene but was apprehended after crashing into a hydro pole. The arrested individual, identified as 20-year-old Mathew Prince from Belleville, faces multiple charges, including operation while impaired by alcohol or drugs, failure or refusal to comply with a breath demand, assault, unlawfully entering a dwelling house, and mischief for destroying or damaging property. Charges have not been proven in court.

In a separate incident on the same day, at around 1 a.m., officers pulled over a vehicle on Dundas Street East, Trenton, following a traffic violation. The driver, identified as 39-year-old Christopher McIlmoyle from Quinte West, was arrested after an investigation revealed impairment. McIlmoyle now faces charges of operation while impaired by alcohol or drugs, operation while impaired with a blood alcohol concentration over 80, and possession of a schedule 1 substance – methamphetamine. Charges have not been proven in court.

All three accused individuals were released from custody and are scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Belleville on future court dates. Additionally, their vehicles have been impounded for seven days, and their licenses suspended for 90 days as per the law.

Authorities urge the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicions of impaired driving by calling 9-1-1 promptly. Such timely reports can make a significant difference and potentially save lives on the roads.

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