In what Perth County OPP described as “senseless damage” committed some time in the evening of Saturday, July 7, a cement bench was tossed from the top of the overpass on the Grand Trunk walking trail onto Emily Street below. The act destroyed the bench and creating a hazard to traffic.
“The officers (who were called to investigate the damage) cleared the roadway and subsequently discovered that a port-a-pottie along the trail had also been pushed over,” explained a news release from the Sebringville-based detachment.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to to contact Perth County OPP immediately at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), and you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.
“It is heartbreaking to see the trail damaged when it was so beautifully developed by donations from so many generous citizens,” stated the OPP news release.
Busy traffic weekend
Officers were quite busy over the weekend in the south end of Perth County — mainly with traffic-related incidents.
On Saturday, July 7 shortly after the noon hour, police were dispatched to a two-vehicle crash in Russeldale, at the intersection of Highway 23 and Perth Line 20. Investigation revealed a Ford car, westbound on Line 20, had crossed Highway 23 directly into the path of a northbound Chrysler. The vehicles collided and both sustained extensive damage.
All occupants of the Ford — the 56 year-old female driver, from Milton, as well as her two passengers, a 55 year-old male and a 54 year-old female (both residents of Poland) — sustained minor injuries. The occupants of the Chrysler — a 64 year-old male and his 64 year-old female passenger, both from Mount Albert — also sustained minor injuries.
The driver of the Ford was charged with “failing to yield to traffic.” The intersection was reduced to single lane traffic for almost two hours to allow for the clean-up of the debris.
Around 11 p.m. on Friday July 6, just west of Russeldale, a speeding motorist was stopped along Line 20. The 40 year old female driver from Kitchener had the odour of alcohol on her breath. She registered a blood alcohol concentration between .05 and .08 on a roadside screening device. Her licence was seized and suspended for three days. She was also issued a speeding ticket.
On Friday just after 10 p.m. an officer stopped a black Cadillac at a RIDE spot check on Line 20 in St. Pauls. Upon speaking with the male driver, the officer noted the driver had been drinking alcohol. A 30 year-old St. Jacobs resident has been charged with “impaired operation of a motor vehicle” and with “operate motor vehicle exceed 80 milligrams of blood alcohol content.” He received an automatic 90 day driver’s licence suspension and the Cadillac was impounded for seven days, and he is scheduled to appear in Stratford court Aug. 20.
The female passenger in the vehicle was charged with “having liquor in open container in other than licenced premises, residence or private place.”
On Saturday afternoon in St. Marys, an officer stopped a vehicle on James Street South. The 46 year-old male driver, from London, was found to have a condition on his driver’s license which required him to only operate vehicles with an installed ignition interlock device. The driver had been charged with impaired driving in 2011. The vehicle being operated by the driver was not equipped with an interlock system.
The driver was subsequently charged with “drive motor vehicle not equipped with an approved ignition interlock device.” He is to appear in Stratford Court on Aug. 28. His vehicle was also towed from the scene, and impounded for seven days.
Also on Saturday in St. Marys, shortly after 2 a.m., an officer stopped a pickup truck for a traffic violation on Egan Avenue. The officer detected signs of impairment and arrested the male driver — who was transported to the Perth County detachment in Sebringville, where he failed two Intoxilyzer breath tests.
A 48 year-old resident of Perth East has been charged with “impaired operation of a motor vehicle” and with “operate motor vehicle exceed 80 milligrams of blood alcohol content.” He received an automatic 90-day driver’s licence suspension, his truck was towed and impounded for seven days, and given a court date of Aug. 13.
On Sunday, July 8 at around 7:30 p.m. an officer pulled over the operator of an off-road motorcycle on the gravel shoulder of Perth Road 130, north of Line 26. The male operator was found to be prohibited from driving and was found to be currently serving an intermittent jail sentence for the same offense. The 20 year-old South Huron resident was arrested and held for a bail hearing scheduled for Monday, July 9 in Stratford.