Three area residents facing drunk-driving related charges
Three area residents will be in Huntsville court next month to face drunk-driving related charges.
The first incident happened last Thursday when Huntsville OPP officers were called to the Bickley Drive area to check on the licence status of a driver.
According to police, the driver exhibited signs that he had been drinking and the officers requested the driver provide a breath sample.
Subsequently, a 67-year-old Stisted man was charged with failing to provide a breath sample. He will appear in court on Dec. 12.
On Sunday at around 3 a.m., officers stopped a vehicle on Duncan Street to check on a possible impaired driver.
As a result of the investigation, police charged a 26-year-old Huntsville man with impaired driving and operating a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol level exceeding the legal limit of 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood.
The driver will appear in Huntsville court on Dec.5.
On that same day just before 5 p.m. Huntsville OPP received a complaint of someone driving erratically on Highway 60.
Police were able to locate the vehicle and charged a 50-year-old South River man with operating a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol level exceeding the legal limit of 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood and driving without a licence.
The accused will appear in Huntsville court on Dec. 19.
Police asking the public to be careful in accidentally calling 911
In the past few days, Huntsville Ontario Provincial Police officers have responded to 911 hang up calls 13 times.
In the 13 calls to 911 that were hang-ups, there was one legitimate call and one trouble with the line.
Police are required to respond to all 911 calls. The remainder 11 calls to the provincial communications centre require time spent by the call takers and the officers to check and ascertain the wellbeing of the callers.
Huntsville OPP would like to remind cell phone owners to take the extra time to lock their screens on their phones, and also remind parents to have their home phones and cell phones in a place where children are unable to easily reach.
Each 911 hang up call takes approximately 15 minutes per call from the time the call taker is able to determine where the call is from to the time the officer is dispatched. This ties up the 911 operator’s time and the officer’s time.