The Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has filed charges against two individuals for alleged impaired driving incidents occurring over the weekend.
On Dec. 9, at approximately 7:30 p.m., officers responded to a report of a single vehicle collision on County Road 3. Upon arrival, they found the vehicle abandoned in a ditch. After a thorough investigation, the driver, Daniel Manning, aged 28 and a resident of Prince Edward County, was located at a distance from the scene. Manning was subsequently arrested and taken to the detachment for further testing.
Manning faces charges that include operation while impaired by alcohol and drugs, operation while impaired with a blood alcohol concentration over 80, and failing to remain at the scene. Charges have not been proven in court. Following his arrest, Manning was released from custody and is slated to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on Dec. 20. His vehicle was impounded for seven days, and his license has been suspended for a period of 90 days.
Similarly, on Dec. 11, shortly after midnight, officers conducted a RIDE (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) program at Highway 62 near County Road 3 in Rossmore. During the program, they stopped a vehicle and engaged with the driver. Investigation led to the administration of a standard field sobriety test. Police say that driver, identified as Daniel Baker, aged 31 and a resident of Prince Edward County, attempted to flee on foot but was apprehended by officers.
Baker faces charges that include operation while impaired by alcohol and drugs, failure or refusal to comply with demands and resisting a peace officer. Charges have not been proven in court. Following his arrest, Baker was released from custody and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on Jan. 10. His vehicle has been impounded for seven days, and his license has been suspended for 90 days.
As the festive RIDE season continues, law enforcement reminds drivers to anticipate RIDE programs across Prince Edward County and strongly encourages individuals to plan for a safe means of transportation to prevent impaired driving incidents.