Police Beat: Ariss man charged with obstructing and two counts of possession

Opioids, cocaine

CENTRE WELLINGTON – On Nov. 18 at about 10:30pm, a Wellington County OPP officer stopped the driver of a black sedan on Sideroad 4 here.

Tjepke Robert Devries, 26, of Ariss, was charged with obstructing a peace officer and two counts of possession of a Scheduled I Substance (cocaine and opioids).

He is to appear in Guelph court on Jan. 9.

Had cocaine, liquor, weed – but no licence/insurance

PALMERSTON – On Nov. 11 at about 8:30pm a Wellington County OPP officer stopped the driver of a grey SUV on Main Street here.

Tyler Coby Hunter Middleton, 25, of Palmerston, was charged with possession of a Schedule I substance (cocaine), driving with cannabis readily available, care or control of a vehicle with an open container of liquor, driving without insurance, using unauthorized plates, driving without a licence and driving an unsafe vehicle.

 The accused was held for bail.

Driver flees scene

FERGUS – A local driver has been charged after causing damage on private property and then fleeing the scene.

On Nov. 18 at about 9:15am, Wellington County OPP responded to a collision on Maiden Lane in Fergus. 

“It was reported that a silver mini van had crossed a lawn striking a leaf bag before hitting a planter’s box and hydro pole guide wire,” police stated in a press release.

A 44-year-old driver from Fergus was charged with failing to remain at the scene of an accident and two counts of careless driving. 

The defendant is to appear in Guelph court on Feb. 7.

Impaired driving charges up significantly: OPP

LONDON – With about one third of its Festive RIDE campaign completed, the OPP has already charged over 120 people with impaired driving across the Western Region.

After 15 days (Nov. 16 to Dec. 1) of the campaign in the region, which includes Wellington County, police have conducted 730 RIDE check events across 13 region detachments, laying 122 impaired driving charges and issuing 14 warn-range suspensions.

Those numbers are up significantly over the same period last year, when police laid 75 impaired charges and issued eight warn-range suspensions in 577 RIDE check events in the region.

This year’s Festive RIDE Campaign runs until Jan. 1.

“During the campaign, the public can expect an increased OPP presence on West Region roads and highways as officers conduct RIDE initiatives 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout the province,” police stated in a press release.

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Anyone with information about any of the above incidents can contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit a tip at csgw.tips.