Barrie city police arrested and charged three motorists with impaired driving charges on Thursday, between 6:10 and 11:45 p.m. The ages of the drivers ranged from 26 to 66.
Around 6:10 p.m. Thursday, police received multiple calls after a vehicle travelling eastbound on Lakeshore Drive suddenly accelerated and drove over a centre median, across oncoming traffic, through a chain link fence slamming into the side of a building. Upon arrival, police report, the driver was arrested for impaired driving and was transported to Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre for treatment of injuries sustained in the incident.
Extensive damage was reported to the fence, the truck and a building on the GO Transit property.
Later that day, at 10:40 p.m., police report receiving a call from a concerned citizen who said she was being followed by a suspicious vehicle from Wasaga Beach into Barrie. The vehicle was stopped on Big Point Road while still following the complainant, police report. While investigating the intent of the driver, police suspected he was under the influence of alcohol while driving his motor vehicle.
A roadside test was administered with the male blowing a fail. He was transported to the police station for further breath samples. The male, 26, was charged with Blood Alcohol Over 80mgs and will be in a Barrie court in mid-July.
Just before midnight, police report, an officer was driving to a non-related call when a vehicle exited a private drive, almost causing a collision with the police car. The officer observed the vehicle did not have lights on, police report. The vehicle was stopped as it pulled into a gas station, where the driver told police he was going to buy cigarettes.
The officer suspected the driver had been consuming alcohol and a roadside test was administered with the male blowing a fail. The man, 35, has been charged with Blood Alcohol Over 80mgs as well as Fail to Yield from Driveway and Fail to Surrender Drivers Licence contrary to the Highway Traffic Act.
In other police news:
• The Barrie Police Community Response Unit (CRU) has recently been working with concerned citizens in the area of High Street, as an increased concern for possible prostitution and drug activity was brought to the attention of the police.
On Wednesday, July 5th, at 11:35 p.m., two officers were patrolling the area of High Street, between Dunlop Street West and Park Street, when they observed a vehicle parked, not running, on the side of the road with two occupants inside, police report. This was consistent with the complaints in the area.
As officers approached the vehicle, police report, the occupants rolled up the windows providing some resistance to conversation and later provided conflicting stories as to why they were in the area. The two males in the vehicle also provided false identities to police on initial interaction, police report. A third male approached officers while they were speaking to two males, advising he was the driver and responsible for the vehicle.
At this time officers observed one male suspiciously reaching for an item inside the vehicle which was wrapped in clear plastic, consistent with how illegal narcotics are often packaged. All three males were placed under arrest for Possession of a Controlled Substance and removed from the vehicle.
Drugs and a fully loaded handgun were seized, as well as a quantity of cash. Weapons and drug charges were laid against three men. For more on this, click here.
• On Tuesday, July 4, Barrie police arrested a male for being impaired by drugs after he fled the scene of a collision involving another vehicle.
Police report receiving a call in regards to a collision involving two vehicles on Mapleview Drive West and Bryne Drive. One driver was observed trying to stuff the deployed airbag back into the steering wheel while attempting to flee the scene. The vehicle, police say, had severe front end damage with fluid leaking as he drove towards the 400 highway ramp. The vehicle did not make it far, stopping before the male was able to get to the highway.
When police arrived, they found him unconscious at the wheel. Police immediately arrested the male for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs and upon arresting him located drug paraphernalia on the seat beside him. It was also learned the accused had two previous driving suspensions and was bound by an undertaking to not consume drugs or alcohol.
The man, 33, was cleared medically at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre and then transported to the Barrie station to be held for a bail hearing for the following charges: Dangerous Operation of Motor Vehicle, Fail to Stop at Scene of Accident, Fail to Comply with Undertaking, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Drive While Under Suspension x 2.