Area OPP Police Press Releases

Stratford Man Impaired By Drug According To DRE

(WEST PERTH, ON) – A Stratford driver has been charged with impaired driving after a traffic stop in the Municipality of West Perth last week.

On April 07 2021, just before 2:30 p.m., a Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer on general patrol observed a vehicle that was driving in a suspicious manner, and conducted a traffic stop to investigate. While speaking with the officer, the driver was displaying signs of impairment by a drug. The driver was placed under arrest for impaired operation and was transported to a local OPP detachment for further examination. A Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) conducted a series of tests and the driver was deemed to be impaired by a drug.

As a result, James Scott VANSTONE, 57, of Stratford, has been charged with:

  • Operation while Impaired – Alcohol and Drugs

A 90-day driving suspension and seven-day vehicle impoundment was initiated as per statute. The accused is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Stratford at a later date to answer to the charges. 

Anyone with information regarding this or any incident is asked to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or online at Should you wish to remain anonymous you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous online message at where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

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