Busy weekend for impaired driving-related charges in Belleville: police

Hollie Pratt-Campbell/Quinteist

The Belleville Police Service made two impaired driving-related arrests on Saturday, May 4, including one suspected impaired boater, and one driver who refused to provide a breath sample. A third driver also registered a “caution” on a roadside screening device and had his license suspended for three days.

In a media release, police explain that on May 4, at about 8 p.m., officers were called to a restaurant on South Front Street for a possible impaired boater.

“The staff refused service due to the level of intoxication and contacted police,” the release reads.

Officers were able to moor the boat and arrested the operator, who provided two samples of breath which were in excess of the legal limit.

As a result, Luke Melnyk, 42, of Belleville is charged with operation while Impaired and operation with more than 80mg. Charges have not been proven in court. He was released on an undertaking with a court date in June.

Also on May 4, just before 2 a.m., Belleville police observed a vehicle on Pinnacle Street travelling with no lights on.

Police conducted a traffic stop and spoke to the driver, and officers said they detected the odour of alcohol on the driver’s breath.

A roadside screening demand was made, but police say the driver refused to provide a suitable sample and was subsequently arrested.

As a result, Quinin Weed, 22, of Deseronto was charged with refusing to provide a breath sample. This charge has not been proven in court. He was released on an undertaking with a court date in June.

In a third incident, police say a 40-year-old Quinte West man was issued a three-day driver’s licence suspension after a vehicle stop in the city’s east end.

“Police conducted a traffic stop in the area of Church Street and Victoria Avenue just after 2:30 a.m. on May 5,” the media release reads.

Police say the driver had been consuming alcohol and registered a caution on the roadside screening device. As a result, he received a three-day licence suspension and his vehicle was towed.

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