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Barrie police drug recognition officer assists with Coldwater traffic stop

Police allege the driver was impaired by drug and had conductive energy weapon
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SEVERN TWP. - The Orillia detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has arrested and charged a driver with numerous offences, including impaired driving, as a result of a traffic complaint in Coldwater, Ont.

On Jan. 31, 2021, shortly after 1 p.m., officers received a call reporting a driver who was possibly impaired in the village of Coldwater. Officers patrolled the area, not locating the vehicle initially but eventually observed it driving erratically in Waubaushene. A traffic stop was conducted and, upon speaking with the driver, an impaired driving investigation was initiated. 

During the interaction, drug paraphernalia and a Conductive Energy Weapon (CEW) were located and seized. It was also learned that the vehicle had been taken from the owner without consent.

A Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) from Barrie Police Service (BPS) assisted with the investigation and as a result, Meghan Walsh, age 33, from Orillia, has been charged with:

  • Operation while impaired - drugs
  • Take motor vehicle without consent
  • Possession of firearm or ammunition contrary to prohibition order
  • Possession of weapon for dangerous purpose
  • Occupant of motor vehicle knowing there was prohibited device or ammunition
  • Failure to comply with release order

The accused was held in custody and is set to appear next on February 04, 2021, via video link, at the Ontario Court of Justice, Barrie.      

The Orillia OPP would like to thank everyone who share the responsibility of keeping our roads, trails and waterways safe by reporting impaired drivers. We are committed to serving our province, including the Townships of Oro-Medonte, Ramara and Severn and the City of Orillia, by protecting its citizens, upholding the law and preserving public safety.

If you have any information about crime in our community please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or report minor occurrences online by visiting You can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit your information online at if you have any information on this crime or any other crime.