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E-bike driver from Penetanguishene charged with impaired

Police say the accused also damaged detachment property, which prompted further charges against the 44-year-old man
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Members of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) acting on tips from the public accounted for half of the impaired drivers removed from North Simcoe Roads during the month of May 2020.

OPP officers on patrol accounted for the other half as they made observations of drivers driving habits with roadside investigations resulting in impaired drivers being removed from the roadway.

Impaired E-Bike Operator Removed from Penetanguishene Roads
On May 29, 2020 at 6:45 p.m., an OPP officer on patrol observed a E-Bike heading the wrong way on Shanahan Rd. in the Town of Penetanguishene. The officer stopped the E-Bike and spoke with the operator and entered into a drinking and driving investigation which resulted in the operator being arrested and transported back to detachment for further investigation.

As a result of this investigation John James King, 44 years, of Penetanguishene has been charged with the following driving offences:  

  • Operation while impaired - blood alcohol concentration (80 plus) - contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada

While at detachment the accused damaged detachment property and was further charged with  

  • Mischief - obstructs, interrupts or interferes with the lawful use, enjoyment or operation of property - contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada; and  
  • Fail to Comply with Conditions of Undertaking Given by Officer in Charge - contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada in relation to a previous police investigation

The accused driver's licence has been suspended for 90 days and the E-Bike was towed and impounded for seven days as per the conditions of the Administrative Drivers Licence Suspension (ADLS). Accused was released from police custody on an undertaking to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Midland on Aug. 6, 2020.

OPP officers always appreciate the assistance of the public in the interest of public safety who help remove impaired drivers who present a clear danger to others on the roadway. OPP officers remind drivers that they will be taking all precautions available during this time to protect themselves and others while conducting investigations either at the roadside or at detachment.