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Routine check leads to impaired charges for local boater

Police also discovered that the accused was prohibited by law from operating any vehicle, including a vessel on the water
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PENETANGUISHENE – At about 6 p.m. on June 14, 2020, Marine Patrol members of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police(OPP) stopped a vessel in the waters of Penetanguishene Bay in the vicinity of the Town Dock to perform an equipment check.

Upon speaking with the operator of the vessel the officers suspected that he may have been consuming alcohol and investigated further by administering an Alcohol Screening Device (ASD). The operator was arrested and was transported to land to be brought to the detachment.

It was also discovered by officers that the male was prohibited by law from operating any vehicle, including a vessel on the water.

As a result of this investigation, Wyatt King, 38 years, of Collingwood was charged with the following offences contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada:

  • Operation While Impaired - Alcohol Concentration 80 plus  
  • Operation of a Conveyance While Prohibited

The accused was released to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Midland on September 10, 2020.

Officers crewing the OPP patrol vessels remind all vessel operators that they are checking for equipment and liquor offences which they are vigorously enforcing in an effort to reduce injuries and fatalities on our waterways this summer. Educating the public about safe vessel operating practices is a priority.