PARRY SOUND - The day after officers raided a Seguin Township property for drugs, the owner turned himself in at the police detachment.
The West Parry Sound OPP raided a property near Orrville on June 21 at 11:56 a.m. during which two dozen marijuana plants, plus dried marijuana leaf, the plant’s seed and resin were all confiscated.
A 24-year-old Seguin Township man, police said, gave an inculpatory statement before being released with a July 12 court date.
That was one of 239 calls for service the West Parry Sound OPP responded to between June 20 and June 26.
Other calls included four cases of mischief, three charges of impaired driving, eight thefts, one domestic assault and 25 charges under the liquor license act.
An ATV rider without a helmet near Centre Road caught the attention of the local police patrolling Hurdville Road at 11:39 a.m. on June 20.
When stopped, the driver showed police a helmet stored on the bike. A 51-year-old McKellar man was ticketed $80 for not wearing a helmet.
West Parry Sound OPP remind riders to check municipal bylaws for where ATVs can be driven on public roadways and to always wear a helmet while driving the off-road vehicle, said community services officer Charles Ostrom.
On June 22 and June 23, Sudbury Highway Safety Division officers sat at the side of Highway 400, just north of Healy Lake Road, checking the speed of drivers.
During that time, 60 charges were laid, including one for drug possession. At 1:55 p.m. on June 22 officers stopped a northbound compact car speeding 28 kilometres over the posted limit.
Despite the driver insisting there were no drugs in the car, the officer at the open window could smell freshly smoked marijuana.
Eventually, the driver handed over a small joint from the centre console, leading to his arrest and a search that turned up a baggy of marijuana and a glass bong.
A 17-year-old Innisifil boy is charged with possession of under 30 grams of marijuana.
Nowhere to run
A Seguin Township man tried to run from police on June 23. At 8:45 p.m. A West Parry Sound OPP officer was checking drivers’ speed along Highway 141 when a truck at Lawson Crescent was clocked at over 30 kilometres over the 80 km/hr speed.
The driver initially pulled over, then sped off on a side road as the officer approached. The truck abruptly stopped on the side road and the driver dashed into a wooded area. The man was arrested after a brief chase on foot.
The driver was taken to the local detachment where a breath sample registered nearly double the legal limit allowed while driving, according to police.
One of the truck’s two passengers was found with an open can of beer.
A 36-year-old Seguin Township man is charged with impaired driving, drunk driving, flight from police, speeding and driving with open liquor. The truck was impounded for seven days and the man’s license automatically suspended for 90 days.
According to what witnesses told police, a partier who’d passed out was asked to leave a Miller Street home, but he returned with a ratchet and struck another man in the head, then fled. Police were called in at 4:05 a.m. on June 24 to find the victim laying on the ground with injuries to his head and face and the weapon nearby. Witnesses also told police the aggressor had driven by, staring at them while paramedics were at the home. Within an hour of the call, the suspect called police and told the officer on the phone where to find him.
Police collected the suspect and took a breath sample at the detachment where he blew over the legal limit for driving. A 25-year old Mississauga man is charged with assault with a weapon, impaired driving and drunk driving.
Top cop nabs suspended driver
An obscured license plate on a boat trailer had West Parry Sound OPP detachment commander Ron Campbell pull over a truck at 11:40 a.m. on June 25 along Bowes Street.
It turns out there was a license on the trailer, but that it belong to a 1986 van; furthermore, the license of the driver was suspended two weeks earlier for unpaid fines.
The man’s driver’s license was seized.
A 24-year-old Parry Sound man is charged with using a license plate not registered to the trailer and driving while suspended.
Hit and run
A car parked in a George Street driveway was struck by another vehicle during the night of June 25. The hit and run was reported to police at 3:31 p.m. on June 26. The victim told police a red truck was spotted driving away after they’d heard their vehicle being hit.
Anyone with information is asked to call West Parry OPP Sgt. Mark Richardson at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-233-8477.