A 24-year-old from Belleville is facing a series of charges after being stopped at a police checkpoint as part of the ‘Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere’ or RIDE program.
The Prince Edward County (PEC) Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were conducting a RIDE checkpoint on the evening of Friday, Jan. 26, 2024, on County Road 4 in Picton. The Belleville driver approached the RIDE program checkpoint just before 10 p.m. that evening, and officers spoke with the driver, according to police.
In a press release on Monday, Jan. 29, 2024, the PEC OPP said officers administered an approved screening device, which detects the presence of alcohol on the breath. As a result, the driver was arrested and taken to the PEC OPP Detachment for further testing, according to the OPP.
The ensuing investigation led to 24-year-old Lucas Shuttleworth of Belleville being charged with:
- Operation of a motor vehicle while impaired – alcohol and drugs (alcohol)
- Operation of a motor vehicle while impaired with a blood alcohol concentration exceeding the legal limit
- Failure to comply with a probation order
- Unauthorized possession of a weapon
Kingstonist inquired with the PEC OPP as to what led to the weapon possession charged being laid against Shuttleworth. According to Acting Sergeant Aaron Miller, Media Relations Officer with the PEC OPP, when officers conducted a search of Shuttleworth’s vehicle upon his arrest, a “prohibited knife” was located and seized by police.
In addition to the above charges, Shuttleworth’s driver’s licence was automatically suspend for 90 days, and will face further licence suspension if convicted. The vehicle was also impounded for seven days, with Shuttleworth responsible for all fees/fines related to towing/impounding.
According to the OPP, the accused driver was released from custody and is scheduled t