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Aggressive driving leads to drug charge

Officers located a quantity of suspected marijuana in the vehicle
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MIDLAND – Crime Unit members of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) stopped a motor vehicle Dec. 30, 2016 at 7:47 p.m. The officer’s attention was drawn to the aggressive driving behaviour of the motorist on Highway 12 in Midland, ON.

As a result of further investigation, officers located a quantity of suspected marijuana in the vehicle. The male driver, Donald Willard (age 66) of Fergus, ON has been charged with:

  • Driving While Ability Impaired – Motor Vehicle Alcohol and Drug contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada
  • Dangerous Operation of Motor Vehicle contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada
  • Possession of a Schedule II Substance – Cannabis Marijuana – Under 30 grams contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act

The accused is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice on Jan. 12, 2017 in Midland, ON.

The OPP remind drivers that the Drug Recognition Evaluators can determine if a driver is impaired by drugs other than alcohol and can lay charges.

Through the OPP Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE) program, the OPP’s goal is to prevent collisions and reduce deaths and injuries caused by drivers who are impaired by drugs. Ontario Legislation carries penalties for drug-impaired driving that match those already in place for alcohol-impaired drivers.

During this time of the Festive RIDE Program the OPP is reminding drivers that any amount of alcohol or other drugs can impair one’s ability to drive.