Three Charged with Assault after Male Was Dragged by a Vehicle

(ORILLIA, ON) – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Orillia Detachment, arrested and charged three males regarding an assault in the City of Orillia.

On August 28, 2020, just before 10:30pm, the Orillia OPP were called to attend the area of the Orillia waterfront regarding a male being dragged by a vehicle.

An investigation into the incident revealed, two males were walking along Esplanade St. when a vehicle approached them. While the vehicle passed by, the driver and two passengers started yelling profanities at the two males walking.

A short time later the same vehicle returned. At this point the occupants of the vehicle sprayed one of the males with beer and threw a beer can at him. The vehicle left the scene again. The vehicle then returned a third time and stopped near the two males walking. The victim approached the vehicle and engaged in conversation with the driver of the car. The driver then began to drive away in an aggressive manner dragging the male over 25 meters. During all the encounters the occupants of the car were yelling profanities to the two males on foot.

The vehicle was located a short time later and all occupants of the vehicle were arrested.

The driver of the vehicle, James LEY, 23 years, of Barrie, was charged with

Assault, contrary to Section 266 of the Criminal Code

Dangerous Operation contrary to Section 320.13(1) of the Criminal Code

The first passenger, Eric ARTINDALE, 21 years, of Ramara Township, was charged with

Assault, contrary to Section 266 of the Criminal Code

The second passenger, Roarke MCCOOEYE, 21 years, of Bracebridge, was charged with

Assault, contrary to Section 266 of the Criminal Code

The three accused’s were released on a Form 10 Undertaking and is set to appear on November 17, 2020 at the Ontario Court of Justice, Orillia.

The Orillia OPP is committed to serving our province by protecting its citizens, upholding the law and preserving public safety. If you have any information about crime in our community please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or report minor occurrences online by visiting You can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit your information online at if you have any information on this crime or any other crime. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display and you will remain anonymous. Being anonymous, you will not testify in court and your information may lead to a cash reward of up to $2,000.00.


There was a spelling error in the name of the first male charged. It should read The driver of the vehicle that was charged was James LEY

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