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OPP Police Press Releases Southwold

Sarah EMONS – Drunk Driving

(SOUTHWOLD, ON) – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Elgin County (St. Thomas) Detachment has charged an individual following a collision investigation.

On April 4, 2024, at approximately 7:55 a.m., members of the Elgin County OPP (St. Thomas Detachment) initiated a single-vehicle collision investigation near Argyle Street and Lanark Street, Township of Southwold.

It was determined that sometime overnight a passenger vehicle travelling on Argyle Street, left the roadway, and entered a nearby creek. The driver of the vehicle left the location at the time of the collision but returned to the scene the following morning, operating another vehicle, and spoke with police.

While speaking to the driver, the investigating officer observed signs of intoxication and a roadside approved screening device (ASD) test was administered, registering a failure. The driver was taken into custody and transported to the Elgin County Detachment for further testing.

As a result of the investigation, Sarah EMONS, a 45-year-old from Southwold was charged with:

  • Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus)

A 90-day Administrative Driver’s Licence Suspension (ADLS) and a 7-day Vehicle Impoundment was initiated as per statute.

The accused is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in St. Thomas on April 30, 2024.

No injuries were reported.

The OPP remind motorists that no amount of alcohol or drug is acceptable to consume and drive. Report impaired drivers. Should you observe a suspected impaired driver, please dial 911 or contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122.

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OPP Police Press Releases Southwold

2 Sent To Hospital Following Collision – One Arrested

(SOUTHWOLD, ON) – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Elgin County (St. Thomas) Detachment has charged an individual following a collision investigation.

On Aprill 3, 2024, at approximately 7:30 a.m., emergency services including members of the Elgin County OPP (St. Thomas Detachment) responded to a rear-end collision involving two passenger vehicles on Sunset Road near Talbotville Gore Road, Township of Southwold.

The investigating officer observed signs of impairment from the driver of the vehicle which collided with the rearend of the other vehicle. This individual was taken into custody without incident.

Both involved drivers were transported to a local hospital by Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for minor, non-life-threatening injuries.

As a result of the investigation, Steven HEWITT, a 47-year-old from Iona was charged with:

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

The accused is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in St. Thomas on April 30, 2024.

The OPP remind motorists that no amount of alcohol or drug is acceptable to consume and drive. Report impaired drivers. Should you observe a suspected impaired driver, please dial 911 or contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122.

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OPP Police Press Releases Southwold

Stolen Vehicle Recovered – 3 Charged, Names Released


(SOUTHWOLD, ON) – 
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Elgin County (St. Thomas) Detachment has arrested three individuals after police located a stolen vehicle.

On March 6, 2024, at approximately 8:00 a.m., the Elgin County OPP received a report of stolen vehicle being operated in the Township of Southwold.

At approximately 11:35 a.m., members of the Elgin County OPP located the stolen vehicle leaving a residence on Talbot Line near Union Road, Township of Southwold.

Police stopped the stolen vehicle, and three occupants of the vehicle were taken into custody without incident. Investigators determined that there was an outstanding arrest warrant, held by the London Police Service, for one of the individuals.

As a result of the investigation, Sheldan COOPER-OSTRANDER, a 28-year-old from St. Thomas was charged with:

·        Possession property obtained by crime over $5000

·        Possession property obtained by crime under $5000

·        Possession of a Schedule I substance – Cocaine

Additionally, Taylor GERRITS, a 29-year-old from City of London was charged with:

·        Possession property obtained by crime over $5000

·        Possession property obtained by crime under $5000

Further, Chad WHITAKER, a 37-year-old from City of London was charged with:

·        Possession property obtained by crime over $5000

·        Possession property obtained by crime under $5000

·        Failure to comply with release order – other than to attend court

The accused parties have been released from custody and are scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in St. Thomas on April 16, 2024.

The 28-year-old was transferred into the custody of the London Police Service to satisfy the arrest warrant.

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OPP Police Press Releases Southwold

Daniel HANSAN – Impaired Driving

(SOUTHWOLD, ON) – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Elgin County (St. Thomas) Detachment has charged an individual following a collision investigation.

On March 16, 2024, at approximately 11:10 p.m., members of the Elgin County OPP (St. Thomas Detachment) initiated a single-vehicle collision investigation involving a passenger vehicle that lost control and left the roadway on Wonderland Road near Ron McNeil Line, Township of Southwold.

The investigating officer observed signs of impairment from the driver. The driver transported to a local hospital with minor injuries and arrested without incident.

As a result of the investigation, Daniel HANSAN, a 28-year-old of London was charged with:

  • Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs

The accused is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in St. Thomas on April 9, 2024.

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OPP Police Press Releases Southwold

James DREWITT – Drunk Driving, Speeding, Etc.

(SOUTHWOLD, ON) – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Elgin County Detachment has charged an individual following a traffic stop.

On February 25, 2024, at approximately 2:30 a.m., a member of the Elgin County OPP stopped a passenger vehicle on Iona Road near Thomson Line, Township of Southwold for travelling more than 45 Km/h over the speed limit.

While speaking to the driver, the investigating officer observed signs of intoxication. The driver was taken into custody without incident and transported to detachment for further testing.

As a result of the investigation, James DREWITT, a 31-year-old of Iona Station was charged with:

  • Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs
  • Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus)
  • Speeding 1 – 49 Km/h over posted limit
  • Fail to surrender insurance card

A 90-day Administrative Driver’s Licence Suspension (ADLS) and a seven-day vehicle impoundment was initiated as per statute.

The accused is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in St. Thomas on March 26, 2024.

The OPP remind motorists that no amount of alcohol or drug is acceptable to consume and drive. Report impaired drivers. Should you observe a suspected impaired driver, please dial 911 or contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122.

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