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Police seize fentanyl after stolen vehicle slams into tree in Coldwater

A 48-year-old man is facing several charges after the single-vehicle incident
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SEVERN - Members of the Orillia detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have arrested a male for possession of a stolen vehicle and drugs after a collision in Coldwater.

On Sept. 25, 2020 shortly before noon, police responded to a collision involving a single vehicle which had reportedly left the roadway and struck a tree. Upon arrival, officers spoke with the male driver who advised that he was uninjured. 

While the male was being attended to by the County of Simcoe Paramedic Services (CSPS), officers discovered that the vehicle had been reported stolen. The male was subsequently arrested and, upon further investigation, a quantity of fentanyl was seized.

As a result, Shawn Dupuis, age 48 of Georgian Bay Township, has been charged with:
    •    Possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000, contrary to Section 355(b) of the Criminal Code
    •    Possession of Schedule I Substance - opioid, contrary to Section 4(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
    •    Careless driving, contrary to Section 130(1) of the Highway Traffic Act
    •    Driving while under suspension, contrary to Section 53(1) of the Highway Traffic Act

The accused was released on a Form 10 Undertaking and is set to appear on Dec. 1, 2020 at the Ontario Court of Justice, Orillia.

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 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 here

You can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit your information online if you have any information on this crime or any other crime. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display and you will remain anonymous. Being anonymous, you will not testify in court and your information may lead to a cash reward of up to $2,000.