Seven impaired charges laid by Russell OPP between Jan. 12 and Feb. 8

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EMBRUN — In a recent press release, The Russell County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police said they responded to 988 calls for service between January 12th to February 8th. Most notable of which was a spate of impaired driving incidents.

On January 12th, police conducting a traffic stop shortly before 1:30 a.m. on a vehicle which did not have functioning rear lights. The driver, 38-year-old Michael Joseph from Ottawa, was also found to be under the influence of alcohol, according to the detachment. Police charged Joseph with:

Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus)
Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs
Drive without proper rear light
Failing to surrender licence

On January 26th, shortly before 5:45 a.m., a single-vehicle collision on County Road 17 in the City of Clarence-Rockland resulted in the arrest Lena Spence, 38, from Ottawa. While there were no injuries caused by the collision, Spence was found to be under the influence of alcohol, according to the detachement, and charged with:

Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs
Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus)
Failure to comply with release order, other than to attend court

There was another single-vehicle collision on January 19th, shortly before 10:15 a.m., on Ste-Marie Road in Embrun. When officers arrived on the scene, they found that nobody had been injured. But the driver of the vehicle, 26-year-old Marilyne Marie Rejeanne Delorme from Embrun, was under the influence of alcohol, according to the detachment. Delorme was charged with:

Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs
Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus)

On January 22nd, shortly before 12:30 a.m., a Russell OPP officer pulled over a motorist on St-Jean Street in Rockland for skipping a stop sign. Upon further investigation and testing, the driver, according to the detachment, 38-year-old Christopher Lacasse from Rockland, was found to be an unaccompanied G1 license holder with a blood alcohol level exceeding 80 milligrams. As a result, Lacasse was charged with:

Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus)
Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs
Operation while prohibited under the Criminal Code
Novice driver – B.A.C. above zero
Disobey stop sign – fail to stop
Class G1 licence holder – unaccompanied by a qualified driver

On January 29th, shortly after 12:15 p.m., a traffic complaint at a business on Richelieu Street in Rockland led police to arrest a Rockland man. After speaking to the man and transporting him to the Russell county detachment for further testing, , Daniel Besner, 64, was charged with:

Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus)
Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs

On February 6, shortly after 11:15 p.m., there was a single vehicle collision on Du Lac Road in the City of Clarence-Rockland, at which time the driver of the vehicle received minor injuries. The driver, 31-year-old Alexandre Daoust from Gatineau, was transported to a hospital as a precaution, where testing was also conducted. As a result, the detachment reports that Daoust was arrested and charged with:

Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs
Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus)
Drive motor vehicle – no licence

On February 7th, shortly before 9:00 PM, police conducted a well-being check on a motorist parked outside a business on Principale Street in Limoges. The driver of the vehicle, 29-year-old Kelsey Jane Blaney from Maxville, was found to be under the influence of alcohol, according to the detachment, and also had alcohol in the vehicle. Consequently, the detachment reports that Blaney was arrested and charged with:

Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus)
Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs
Having care or control of a motor vehicle with liquor readily available

All seven motorists received a 90-day driver’s license suspension and their vehicles were also impounded for seven days. The accused are scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in L’Orignal at a later date.

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