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Complaints from public result in two impaired driving arrests in Belleville Wednesday morning

Hollie Pratt-Campbell/Quinteist

The Belleville Police Service arrested two people for impaired driving on Wednesday, May 15.

The first instance occurred at about 6:20 a.m., when officers received a call of a suspicious vehicle on Thrasher Road. A media release explains that officers attended in the area and found the vehicle parked in the middle of the road with a window down and a man sleeping inside. Following their investigation, officers formed grounds to believe that the male had been operating the vehicle and was impaired by alcohol. As a result, Kody Hackbarth-Bent, 30, of no fixed address, was arrested and charged with impaired operation and refusing to provide a sample of breath. He was released on an undertaking with a court date in July. Police say that Hackbarth-Bent was also wanted on outstanding arrest warrants from the Ottawa Police Service. As a result, he was turned over to the Ottawa Police Service for processing on their warrants. Charges have not been proven in court.

In a second incident, also on May 15 a little after 8 a.m., Belleville police received two calls from members of the public reporting a possible impaired driver on Dundas Street West. “The callers reported the vehicle crossing into oncoming traffic and at various unexplained times, slamming on its brakes,” the media release reads. The vehicle was then observed pulling into a parking lot of a business, where police say the suspected impaired driver struck a parked car numerous times before stopping. The female driver then exited her vehicle and was observed staggering into the business. Police attended and located the female driver inside her place of employment. Police conducted an investigation, which resulted in the arrest of 51-year-old Rachael Spence of Bloomfield. Spence was transported to the Belleville Police Service for further investigation. At the conclusion of the investigation, Spence was charged with impaired operation and over 80. Charges have not been proven in court. She was released on an undertaking with a court date in June.

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