Falling off a motorcycle when stopped by police, and then rolling into a ditch probably doesn’t serve to dampen suspicions. But that’s what happened when police stopped a motorcycle Friday morning, police report.
Early Friday morning, about 1 a.m., police were monitoring traffic on Dunlop Street West when a male rider on a motorcycle was pulled over. As the rider pulled to the curb, he fell off his motorcycle and rolled into a ditch, police report. After regaining his footing with the help of police, the rider removed his helmet and was found to be in an intoxicated condition.
He was arrested for impaired driving and taken to the police station for a breath test, where he registered two and a half times the legal limit. The rider, 19, was held till sober and faces a May court date.
• In other police news:
A 22-year-old woman finds herself facing a careless driving charge following a two-car accident at Huronia and Big Bay Point roads, Wednesday night.
Police report that around 10 p.m. they were called to the scene regarding a collision. A vehicle heading east had failed to stop for a red light on Big Bay Point Road, and drove into a vehicle northbound on Huronia Road, police report. The accident appeared very serious and firefighters were required to extricate a driver from his vehicle.
There were no serious injuries to either driver or passenger.
The Barrie Police Service’s second annual ‘Text ya…Later!’ Distracted Driving Initiative resulted in 25 charges being laid for drivers using cellular devices, and several careless driving charges relating to motorists involved in collisions who were believed to be on their cellular devices, police report.
The initiative ran from April 7-17. With the widespread use of cellular devices, the service has been active in ensuring drivers don’t use them when operating a motor vehicle.
“The unfortunate impact of their use is that they cause drivers to take their attention from the roadway and the result is a lack of visual, manual and cognitive awareness leading to collisions occurring,” police say.
Police continue to investigate damage done to a local school, last Friday, when the Barrie Montessori School at 161 Hanmer Street West was broken into.
Once inside the school, student pictures over their coatracks were completely smashed and damaged, tables and plants were overturned, a fire alarm bell was ripped off the wall and an extinguisher went missing. Most upsetting were the obscenities written on a whiteboard and desk referencing the people attending the school, police report.
The approximate damage to the school is just under $500. Police are working with the principal to identify the suspect(s) of this crime. The owner of the school has offered $1,000 for information as to who may be responsible. People with relevant information can contact CST Boehler at 705-725-7025, ext: 2789.