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Tay Township man fled collision scene, faces impaired charges

The driver was nabbed after a citizen called police to alert them about an 'unstable' person on the roadside of Highway 12
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TAY TWNSP – Members of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were dispatched at 6:50 p.m. May 2, 2020 to a report of a single vehicle crash at the intersection of Hwy 12 and Rumney Rd in Tay Township.

Prior to the arrival of officers, the involved vehicle left the scene of the crash and officers received a second call at 6:55 p.m. from another motorist who had observed a person who was unstable next to a vehicle on the roadside of Hwy 12 west of Park St in Tay Township. Officers attended the scene and with the assistance of community members and located a pedestrian on Park St and ascertained that person to be the driver.

Investigators entered into a drinking and driving investigation upon speaking with the driver and as a result, Matthew Duffy, 45-years-old, of Tay Township has been charged with the following driving offences: 

  • Dangerous operation  
  • Operation while impaired - blood alcohol concentration (80 plus)

Contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada  

  • Fail to remain 
  • Fail to report accident 
  • Drive motor vehicle, no validation on plate

Contrary to the Highway Traffic Act
The accused driver's licence has been suspended for 90 days and the vehicle was towed and impounded for seven days as per the conditions of the Administrative Drivers Licence Suspension (ADLS). The accused was released from police custody on a recognizance to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Midland on Aug. 20, 2020.

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. Calls from the public are always appreciated as road safety is paramount for all road users.