Drivers charged with impaired by Russell County OPP

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EMBRUN — The Russell County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police report that they received 252 calls for service during the week of March 1st to March 7th. Most notable, they say, took place on March 6th, shortly after 4:15 p.m., at which time an officer conducted a traffic stop on Pago Drive in The City of Clarence-Rockland. The driver of the vehicle, identified by police as 56-year-old Donald Chappell from Ottawa, was both uncooperative and under the influence of alcohol, according to the detachment. 

As a result, Chappell was arrested and charged with:

• Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs

• Failure or refusal to comply with a demand

• Driving while under suspension

He received a 90-day driver’s license suspension and the vehicle was also impounded for seven days. Chappell is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in L’Orignal on April 7th.

Clement Street arrest

The Russell County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police report that they responded to 255 calls for service between February 23rd to February 28th. Most notable was a traffic complaint on Clement Street in Vars on February 25th shortly 7:45 a.m., where police arrested a motorist who was impaired by drugs. 

The driver, identified by police as 27-year-old Adam Philip Nathan Wetzstein from Ottawa, was taken to detachment for further testing with a Drug Recognition Expert. As a result, Wetzstein was charged with operating a vehicle while impaired. Additionally, he received a 90-day driver’s license suspension and the vehicle was also impounded for seven days. He will appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in L’Orignal on March 31, 2021.

Arrested at the Vars exit

On February 28th, shortly before 8:45 p.m., an officer from the Russell County OPP conducted a traffic stop for speeding on  Highway 417 Westbound at the Vars exit. The driver of the vehicle did not cooperate with the officer and was subsequently arrested. Martin Leger, 47, from Ottawa was charged with:

• Failure or refusal to comply with demand

• Obstruct Peace Officer

• Resist Peace Officer

• Speeding 1-49 km/h over the posted speed limit

Leger also received a 90-day driver’s license suspension and the vehicle was also impounded for seven days. He is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in L’Orignal on March 24, 2021.

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