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More Impaired Drivers Arrested

(ORILLIA, ON) – The Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have arrested a handful of impaired drivers over the weekend.

On June 13, 2024, at 4:00p.m., Orillia OPP responded to reports of a suspicious vehicle in the area of Wallis Street, in Oro-Medonte Township. Officers attended and located the vehicle and driver. An open container of alcohol was observed in the vehicle and the driver was showing numerous signs of being intoxicated.

As a result, Christopher WILSON, 48-year-old of Severn Township has been charged with:

·        Operation while impaired- contrary to section 320.14(1)(a) CC

·        Failure or refusal to comply with demand contrary to section 320.15(1) CC.

·        Breach of Probation Order (POA) contrary to section 75 of the Provincial Offences Act

·        Fail to identify self contrary to section 39.1(6) HTA.

·        Driving while under suspension contrary to section 53(1) HTA

·        Having care or control of a motor vehicle with open container of liquor contrary to section 42(1)(a) LLCA.

The accused was held for a bail hearing and later released with a future court date.

On June 15, 2024, after 2:00 a.m., officers of the Orillia OPP were conducting a RIDE program in the City of Orillia. A vehicle approached the RIDE program, did not follow basic instructions of a RIDE program, and the driver of the vehicle displayed numerous signs of being intoxicated.

As a result, Kevin BACKWELL, 27-year-old of Nassagaweya Township has been charged with:

  • Operation while impaired- blood alcohol concentration (80 plus) contrary to section 320.14(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada (CC)
  • Operation while impaired- alcohol contrary to section 320.14(1)(a) CC

The accused was released on an Undertaking with a future court date.

On June 15, 2024, at 1:00 p.m., an officer of the Orillia OPP was on general patrol in the area of Highway 11 and Line 10, Oro-Medonte Township when a vehicle was obviously travelling above the posted speed limit. Speed enforcement equipment was utilized, and the vehicle was found to be travelling at stunt driving speeds. A traffic stop was initiated. Upon speaking with the driver, open containers of alcohol and cannabis were observed. This caused the officer to enter into an impaired driving investigation.

As a result, Daniel THOMAS, 45-year-old of the City of Orillia has been charged with:

  • Operation while impaired- alcohol and drugs contrary to section 320.14(1)(a) CC
  • Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance- Cocaine contrary to section 4(1) if the Controlled Drug and Substance Act
  • Drive motor vehicle with open container of liquor contrary to section 42(1)(a) of the Liquor Licence and Control Act
  • Drive motor vehicle with cannabis readily available contrary to section 12(1) of the Cannabis Control Act
  • Drive motor vehicle- Perform Stunt contrary to section 172(1) of the Highway Traffic Act (HTA)
  • Drive motor vehicle, no currently validated permit contrary to section 7(1) (a0 HTA
  • Operate motor vehicle without insurance contrary to section 2(1)(a) of the Compulsory automobile insurance act.

The accused was held for a bail hearing.

On June 16, 2024, at 11:30 p.m., officers of Orillia OPP were conducting speed enforcement on Highway 11 North, in Oro-Medonte Township when a vehicle was observed obviously travelling above the posted limit. Speed enforcement equipment was utilized, determined the vehicle was in fact speeding and initiated a traffic stop. The driver displayed numerous signs of being intoxicated.

As a result, Brent MOON, 50-year-old of Oro Medonte Township has been charged with:

  • Operation while impaired- blood alcohol concentration (80 plus) contrary to section 320.14(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada (CC)
  • Operation while impaired- alcohol contrary to section 320.14(1)(a) CC
  • Speeding 1-49 km/h over the posted limit contrary to section 128 HTA

The accused was released on an Undertaking with a future court date.

On June 18, 2024, just before 2:00a.m., Orillia OPP received a traffic complaint for a possible impaired driver. Officers attend and located the vehicle. Upon speaking with the driver, they were showing numerous signs of being intoxicated.

As a result, Justin KARJALAINEN, 41-year-old of the City of Barrie has been charged with:

  • Operation while impaired- blood alcohol concentration (80 plus) contrary to section 320.14(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada (CC)
  • Operation while impaired- alcohol contrary to section 320.14(1)(a) CC

The accused was released on an Undertaking with a future court date.

All the accused party’s driver’s licences were suspended for 90 days, and vehicles were impounded for a period of 7 days.

The Orillia OPP reminds motorist to plan ahead when consuming alcohol or drugs. Use a designated driver, cab, rideshare, public transit or stay overnight. Any amount of alcohol or drugs can impact your ability to make sound judgements. In a split second you could ruin your future, injure or kill others, and tear a hole in the heart of everyone who loves you.

Members of the Orillia OPP are committed to public safety, delivering proactive and innovative policing in partnership with our communities. Officers value your contribution to building safe communities. If you have information about suspected unlawful activity, please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers to remain anonymous at 1-800-822-8477 (TIPS) or www.crimestopperssdm.com.

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2 Charged At RIDE

(ORILLIA, ON) – The Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have arrested and charged two drivers with impaired related charges.

On June 12, 2024, just after 2:00 p.m., an officer was conducting speed enforcement on Highway 400 North in the Township of Springwater when a vehicle obviously travelling above the posted limit of 100 km/hr was observed. The officer activated the speed enforcement equipment and found the vehicle was travelling at a stunt driving speed of 155 km/hr. Once the officer was able to speak with the driver, numerous signs of being intoxicated were noted.

As a result, Dwayne HARKNESS, 64-year-old of Minden Hills Township has been charged with:

  • Failure or refusal to comply with demand contrary to section 320.15(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada
  • Drive motor vehicle- perform stunt- excessive speed contrary to section 172(1) of the Highway Traffic Act

On June 12, 2024, after 10:00 p.m., officers of the Orillia OPP were conducting a RIDE program in Lagoon City, Ramara Township. A motor vehicle approached officers, who entered an impaired driving investigation as the driver was showing signs of being intoxicated.

As a result, Randal SHAUBEL, 73-year-old of Ramara Township has been charged with:

  • Operation while impaired- blood alcohol concentration (80 plus) contrary to section 320.14(1)(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada (CC)
  • Operation while impaired- alcohol contrary to section 320.14(1)(a)
  • Drive vehicle with cannabis readily available contrary to section 12(1) of the Cannabis Control Act 2017
  • Driver fail to surrender license contrary to section 33(1) of the Highway Traffic Act.
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Counterfeit Money & Drug Bust – Names Released

(ORILLIA, ON) – The Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police executed three warrants in to City of Barrie, seizing a quantity of drugs, counterfeit money and Canadian currency.

In April 2024, Orillia OPP CSCU received information that lead them to a drug trafficking investigation. The investigation resulted in officers obtaining and executing search warrants for several locations within the City of Barrie.  

On June 12, 2024 Orillia OPP Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU) along with Barrie City Police CSCU, Dufferin and Huronia West OPP CSCU, Barrie Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau, Windsor Police Drug Unit and Orillia OPP uniform members, three search warrants were executed and six individuals are facing multiple charges.

Tysen BUDHA-JOHNSTON, 24-year-old of the City of Barrie has been charged with:

  • Possession of a schedule 1 substance for the purpose of trafficking-opioid contrary to section 5(2) of the Controlled Drug and Substance Act (CDSA)
  • Possession of a schedule 1 substance for the purpose of Trafficking-cocaine CDSA 5(2)
  • Traffick in Schedule 1 substance- Cocaine CDSA 5(1)
  • Possession of a schedule 1 substance- opioid CDSA 4(1)
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime over $5000 contrary to section 354(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada (CC)
  • Possessing Counterfeit Money CC 450(b)
  • Failure to comply with release order CC 145(5)(a)

The accused was held in custody for a bail hearing.

Adrian HUMPHREY, 26-year-old of no fixed address, has been charged with:

·        Traffick in Schedule 1 substance- cocaine CDSA 5(1)

·        Possession of a Schedule 1 substance for the purpose of trafficking- cocaine CDSA 5(2)

·        Possession of a Schedule 1 substance for the purpose of trafficking- opioid CDSA 5(2)

·        Possession of proceed of property obtained by crime over $5000 CC 354(1)(a)

The accused was held in custody for a bail hearing.

Natalie ARNOUK, 25-year-old form the City of Windsor, has been charged with:

  • Traffick in Schedule 1 substance- cocaine CDSA 5(1)
  • Possession of a Schedule 1 substance for the purpose of trafficking- cocaine CDSA 5(2)
  • Possession of a Schedule 1 substance for the purpose of trafficking- opioid CDSA 5(2)
  • Possession of proceed of property obtained by crime over $5000 CC 354(1)(a)

The accused was held in custody for a bail hearing.

Tyler SOUTHERLAND, 33-year-old, of the City of Orillia has ben charged with:

  • Traffick in schedule 1 substance- Methamphetamines CDSA 5(1)
  • Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance- Methamphetamine CDSA 4(1)
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime under $5000 CC 354(1)(a)

The accused was released on an undertaking with a future court date.

Patrick LOVE, 35-year-old of the City of Barrie, has been charged with:

  • Possession of a Schedule 1 substance for the purpose of trafficking- cocaine CDSA 5(2)
  • Possession of Schedule 1 substances for the purpose of trafficking- opioid CDSA 5(2)
  • Possession of a Weapon for Dangerous Purpose CC 88

The accused was released on an undertaking with a future court date.

Shawn Cromwell, 36 -year-old of the City of Barrie was also arrested on unrelated, outstanding charges. The accused was held pending a bail hearing.

The following property has been seized:

  • 959 grams of cocaine
  • 175 grams of fentanyl
  • 10 oxycodone pills
  • 2.7 grams of methamphetamine
  • $30 000 in counterfeit Canadian currency
  • $7500 in Canadian currency
  • Replica firearm
  • Digital scales and drug packaging materials
  • Cellular devices

The Orillia OPP is committed to serving our province, including the Townships of Oro-Medonte, Ramara and Severn and the City of Orillia. If you have any information about crime in our community, please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. To report minor occurrences online please visit www.opp.ca/reporting. You can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit your information online at www.crimestopperssdm.com. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display, and you will remain anonymous. You will not testify in court and your information may lead to a cash reward of up to $2,000.00.

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Jessica KING & Mark FAGAN Arrested For Violent Robbery

(ORILLIA, ON) – Members of the Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have arrested two suspects in connection to a robbery in the City of Orillia.

 On June 4, 2024, shortly after 11:00 p.m., officers received a call that a female had robbed a victim at a local business parking lot in the area Murphy Rd in Orillia. An unknown female suspect at the time approached the victim demanding all her property. When the victim would not comply, she was assaulted, receiving several serious, but nonlife threatening injuries. The victim was treated at local area hospital.

Shortly after Officers were dispatched to a break and enter at an address on Mississaga Street E. Once on scene officers located a male fitting the description of the suspect placing him under arrest. Upon searching the male, several items in relation to the Robbery, belonging to the victim were found in the suspects possession.

Upon further investigation specifically through witness account police were able to identify a female suspect. At approximately 4:00 p.m. on June 5, 2024, police received a call for a number of suspicious persons in a parking lot in the area of Coldwater Rd in the City of Orillia. At this time, police attended and located the female suspect, placing her under arrest.

As a result of the investigation, the following individuals have been arrested and charged:

Mark FAGAN, age 37, of South River, has been charged with:

Robbery with violence

Possession of property obtained by crime under $5000.

The accused was held in custody for a bail hearing on June 5, 2024, at the Ontario Court of Justice, Barrie.

Jessica KING, age 30, of Orillia

Adult Robbery with Violence

Adult Uttering Threats – Cause death or Bodily Harm

Adult Assault Cause Bodily Harm – Choke, suffocate or strangle.

Adult Poss of a Schedule I Substance – Methamphetamine

The accused was held in custody for a bail hearing on June 6, 2024, at the Ontario Court of Justice, Barrie.

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Officer Struck By Vehicle – 2 Arrested

(Orillia, ON) – Members of the Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have arrested and charged two individuals following an incident where an officer was struck by a vehicle attempting to flee police.

On March 30, 2024, about 7:37 a.m., Orillia OPP officers responded to a traffic complaint at Ridge Road West and Black Forest Lane in Oro-Medonte Township. It was reported to police that the driver was asleep and slumped over the steering wheel of a parked vehicle with its engine running. 

Upon arriving on scene, the officer attended the vehicle in question to investigate – opening the door to check on the driver. The individual in the driver seat woke up and became combative with the officer, shifting the vehicle into reverse and striking the officer with the vehicle in attempts to flee. Moments later other officers arrived to assist and the vehicle attempting to flee was stopped by a police cruiser – making contact with it. The driver did not comply with demands to exit the vehicle and had to be removed by officers. The driver was placed under arrest – as was an individual who was a passenger in the vehicle.

Following the arrest police continued their investigation and recovered a quantity of drugs, cash and weapons including a loaded 9mm handgun which was accessible to the driver and passenger. Thankfully the officer struck by the vehicle only suffered minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital by Simcoe County Paramedics. Orillia OPP Major Crime Unit also assisted with the investigation. Both arrested and charged individuals were on probation at the time of the incident and prohibited from having weapons. The driver was also prohibited from driving.

The following items have been seized as evidence:

·      9mm handgun

·      9mm ammunition

·      Knife

·      Fentanyl

·      $3965 Canadian currency

Gary Hirsch, 33 years old, of Barrie, has been charged with 32 criminal charges:

·      Fail to comply with probation order x4

·      Fraud related charges x5

·      Stolen property related charges x2

·      Possession of controlled substance x2

·      Possession of controlled substance for purpose of trafficking

·      Assault Police with a weapon

·      Resist Peace Officer

·      Flight from Police

·      Operation while prohibited

·      Dangerous Operation

·      Impaired Operation

·      Weapons related charges x12

Ashley McLinden, 33 years old, of Barrie, has been charged with 26 criminal charges:

·      Fail to comply with probation order x3

·      Fraud related charges x5

·      Stolen property related charges x3

·      Possession of controlled substance x2

·      Possession of controlled substance for purpose of trafficking

·      Obstruct Peace Officer

·      Weapons related charges x11

Both accused have been held in police custody pending a bail hearing.

The investigation is ongoing. No further details to be released at this time.

The Orillia OPP is committed to serving our province, including the Townships of Oro-Medonte, Ramara and Severn and the City of Orillia. If you have any information about crime in our community, please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. To report minor occurrences online please visit www.opp.ca/reporting. You can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit your information online at www.crimestopperssdm.com. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display, and you will remain anonymous. You will not testify in court and your information may lead to a cash reward of up to $2,000.

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Stolen Firearm Recovered – Two Arrested

(ORILLIA, ON) – Members of the Orillia Detachments Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU) of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have laid multiple firearms related charges against two individuals.

In March of 2024, the Orillia CSCU executed a search warrant for controlled drugs and substances at a residence within the City of Orillia, during the search, an illegal firearm was located and seized. The Orillia CSCU commenced an investigation regarding the firearm; learning that in the fall of 2023 the firearm was stolen from a vehicle which was parked in the north end of Orillia. The victim was assaulted just prior to having the firearm stolen. The firearm was later sold to persons unlicensed to possess.

Orillia CSCU was assisted by OPP Orillia Major Crime Unit.

As a result of the investigation, the following individuals have been arrested and charged:

David SHIRK, 37 years old, of Ramara, has been charged with:

·      Trafficking in Firearm

·      Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm

·      Robbery with Violence

·      Possession of firearm contrary with Prohibition Order

·      Failure to Comply with Release Order

Ashlee RUSBY, 29 years old, of Orillia has been charged with:

  • Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm
  • Robbery with Violence
  • Failure to Comply with Release Order

The accused were held in custody pending a bail hearing.

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Francesco (Frank) Benincasa Was Arrested

(ORILLIA, ON) – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Anti-Rackets Branch (ARB) Economic Crimes and Corruption Unit has laid charges in a multi-jurisdictional fraud investigation.

In July 2018, the North Bay OPP Detachment received several fraud complaints in relation to a $6 million-dollar syndicated mortgage investment into BioNorth Technology Real Estate Ltd (2423704 Ontario Inc.), also operating as the BioNorth Tech Group. 

In January 2019, the OPP’s ARB Economic Crimes and Corruption Unit assumed the investigation due to its complex and multi-jurisdictional nature.

As a result of the investigation, police charged one person under the Criminal Code in connection with the investigation.

Francesco (Frank) Benincasa, age 59, of Concord, Ontario, has been charged with the following offences:

  • Fraud Over $5000
  • False Pretences
  • Use of a Forged Document

The accused was arrested on March 13, 2024, and was subsequently released from custody and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in North Bay on April 30, 2024. 

According to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC), Canadians reported losing more than $568 million to frauds in 2023. It is estimated that only five to 10 per cent of victims report frauds to the CAFC or law enforcement.

Anyone who suspects they have been the victim of this or any fraud is urged to contact their local police, the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or ontariocrimestoppers.ca. You can also report to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre’s online reporting system or by phone at 1-888-495-8501. For resources on scams and fraud, visit antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca.

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More Impaired Drivers

(Orillia, ON) – The Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have three individuals with impaired driving related offences.

On April 21, 2024, at about 1:24 a.m., an Orillia OPP officer was conducting proactive traffic enforcement in the area of Highway 11 and Line 14 in Oro-Medonte Township. A vehicle was recorded travelling 60 km/hr over the posted speed limit. As a result the vehicle was pulled over and the driver spoken to. The driver claimed not to have consumed any alcohol however as a result of the investigation it was determined he was impaired by alcohol and arrested.

As a result, Olola Gamaliel, 29-years-old, from North Bay has been charged with:

  • Operation while impaired-blood alcohol concentration (80 plus).
  • Operation while impaired-alcohol and drugs.
  • Dangerous Operation
  • Drive motor vehicle – perform stunt – excessive speed

On April 21, 2024, at about 3:27 a.m., an Orillia OPP officer while conducting proactive traffic enforcement in the area of Highway 12 in Ramara Township pulled a vehicle over as part of a Highway Traffic Act investigation. It was determined the driver was impaired by alcohol and subsequently arrested.

As a result, Joseph Perrault, 32-years-old, from Seagrave has been charged with:

  • Operation while impaired-alcohol and drugs.

On April 23, 2024, at about 7:47 p.m., Orillia OPP were dispatched to a traffic complaint. It was reported that an individual who had been consuming alcohol was operating a vehicle. Responding officers patrolled the area and were soon alerted that the individual had returned to a residence. Police attended the residence in question and spoke to the driver. During the investigation it was determined that the individual was impaired by alcohol and confirmed to have been operating a vehicle just prior. This individual was then arrested.

As a result, Cody Mills, 33-years-old, from Orillia has been charged with:

  • Operation while impaired-blood alcohol concentration (80 plus).

All persons in these unrelated investigations are scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Orillia, to answer to the charges at a later date in May 2024. As a result of these charges each of their driver’s licences has been suspended for 90 days, and their vehicles impounded for a period of 7 days.

Members of Orillia OPP are committed to public safety, delivering proactive and innovative policing in partnership with our communities. Officers value your contribution to building safe communities. If you suspect someone is driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol call 9-1-1. If you have information about suspected unlawful activity, please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers to remain anonymous at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or www.crimestopperssdm.com.

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Hit & Run – Two Arrested

(Orillia, ON) – The Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have two individuals as part of an impaired driving and stolen property investigation.

On April 21, 2024, at about 2:51 p.m., Orillia OPP responded to a minor motor vehicle collision where one of the involved vehicles failed to remain at the scene. Officers patrolled for the vehicle in question and spotted it travelling southbound on Highway 11 near Line 15 in Oro-Medonte Township. The vehicle was stopped and responding officers commenced their investigation. The driver of the vehicle was suspected to be impaired by drug, underwent a drug recognition evaluation and failed. As the investigation continued it was determined that the driver and passenger were in possession of stolen property. Recovered were two landscaping tampers.

As a result, Brock Buckingham, 39-years-old, from Innisfil has been charged with:

  • Operation while impaired-blood alcohol concentration (80 plus).
  • Operation while impaired-alcohol and drugs.
  • Possession of property obtained by crime under $5000 x2
  • Possession of a schedule 1 substance – opioid (other than heroin)
  • Failure to stop after accident

The accused was held in police custody pending a bail hearing. As a result of the impaired related charges his driver’s licence has been suspended for 90 days, and his vehicle impounded for a period of 7 days.

John Thorn, 32-years-old, from Innisfil has been charged with:

  • Possession of property obtained by crime under $5000 x2
  • Possession of a schedule 1 substance – opioid (other than heroin)

The accused is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Orillia, to answer to the charges at a later date in May 2024.

Members of Orillia OPP are committed to public safety, delivering proactive and innovative policing in partnership with our communities. Officers value your contribution to building safe communities. If you suspect someone is driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol call 9-1-1. If you have information about suspected unlawful activity, please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers to remain anonymous at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or www.crimestopperssdm.com.

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6 More Impaired Drivers Arrested

(Orillia, ON) – The Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have arrested and charged 6 individuals with impaired operation related charges in the past 7 days.

On April 13, 2024, at about 3:45 a.m., an officer from the Orillia OPP was conducting proactive patrol in the area of Mississaga Street West in the City of Orillia. During this proactive activity the officer observed a vehicle driving erratically. The vehicle was stopped by police and during the traffic stop the officer determined the driver of the vehicle was impaired by alcohol.

As a result, Megan Cousins, 18-years-old, from Barrie has been charged with:

  • Operation while impaired-blood alcohol concentration (80 plus).
  • Operation while impaired-alcohol and drugs.

On April 13, 2024, at about 7:48 p.m., an officer from the Orillia OPP was conducting proactive patrol in the area of Laclie Street in the City of Orillia. While in the area the officer observed a vehicle travel on a closed portion of the road. The vehicle was stopped by police and the investigation led police to suspect the driver was impaired by drugs. The driver underwent a drug recognition evaluation and failed.

As a result, Donald Richardson, 53-years-old, from Orillia has been charged with:

  • Operation while impaired-alcohol and drugs.
  • Possession of a schedule 1 substance – methamphetamine.

On April 14, 2024, at about 2:56 a.m., officers from the Orillia OPP were conducting proactive patrol in the area of Colbourne Street East in the City of Orillia. A vehicle in the area was observed to be driving poorly and as such was stopped by police for further investigation. The investigation that followed led police to suspect the driver was impaired by drugs. The driver underwent a drug recognition evaluation and failed. It was also determined the driver was driving while prohibited.

As a result, Jason Gethons, 44-years-old, from Orillia has been charged with:

  • Operation while impaired-alcohol and drugs.
  • Operation while prohibited under the Criminal Code.

On April 14, 2024, at about 2:36 p.m., officers from Orillia OPP were dispatched to a local hotel in the City of Orillia regarding a guest who was no longer welcome to stay there. Officers arrived and helped mediate the situation and the individual packed belongings in order to depart the hotel. It was observed by the officers that the individual was impaired by drugs and despite direction by police not to drive his vehicle. The individual got in the vehicle and attempted to close the door. Police stopped this from happening and promptly arrested the individual.

As a result, Brett Supinski, 28-years-old, from Loyalist Township has been charged with:

  • Operation while impaired-alcohol and drugs

On April 18, 2024, at about 3:24 p.m., officers from Orillia OPP were dispatched to a traffic complaint where it was reported a pick-up truck was travelling at a high rate of speed while southbound on Highway 11 in Oro-Medonte Township. Roughly 10 minutes later Orillia OPP were alerted to the same vehicle being in the ditch on 15/16 Sideroad. Officers attended and the driver was found to be impaired and was then arrested. 

As a result, Nicholas De Faria, 29-years-old, from Bradford has been charged with:

  • Operation while impaired-alcohol and drugs
  • Operation while impaired-blood alcohol concentration (80 plus).

On April 20, 2024, at about 3:55 p.m., officers from Orillia OPP were dispatched to a motor vehicle collision on Highway 400 Northbound near Vasey Road in Severn Township. It was reported that a pick-up truck had rolled over onto its roof – Simcoe County Paramedics who were in the area were at the scene moments later. It was reported that the driver got out of the vehicle and was asking for a piece of gum from others on scene. Police attended and arrested the driver after determining they were impaired by alcohol. A passenger in the vehicle was transported to an Orillia Hospital with minor injuries.

As a result, Cameron Kilpatrick, 29-years-old, from Midland has been charged with:

·      Operation while impaired-alcohol and drugs

  • Operation while prohibited under the Criminal Code. X2
  • Fail to comply with probation order.

All persons in these unrelated investigations are scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Orillia, to answer to the charges at a later date in May and June 2024. As a result of these charges each of their driver’s licences has been suspended for 90 days, and their vehicles impounded for a period of 7 days.

Members of Orillia OPP are committed to public safety, delivering proactive and innovative policing in partnership with our communities. Officers value your contribution to building safe communities. If you suspect someone is driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol call 9-1-1. If you have information about suspected unlawful activity, please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers to remain anonymous at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or www.crimestopperssdm.com.

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