160 km/h in Courtland

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25-year-old man charged, vehicle impounded seven days

Ontario Provincial Police, Norfolk County Detachment charged a 25-year-old Norfolk County man with stunt driving after stopping a vehicle on Highway 59, Courtland.

On Monday, Oct. 22 at approximately 9:10 p.m., officers were on patrol in the area of Hwy 59 when police observed a motor vehicle that appeared to be travelling at a high rate of speed. The vehicle went through radar over 160 km/h in a posted 60 km/h zone.

As a result, police charged Jacob Peters, 25, of Norfolk County, with Driving over the legal limit, Race a motor vehicle – excessive speed, and Speeding 50 km/hr over the posted speed limit.

OPP remind all motorists the minimum fine if convicted is $2,000 and an automatic drivers licence suspension for seven days and seven-day vehicle impoundment.

He was scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice, Simcoe at a later date.

“Speeding and alcohol consumption are dangerous behaviours and remain a leading cause in fatal motor vehicle collisions on OPP-patrolled roads,” said Inspector Joseph Varga, Norfolk County OPP Detachment Commander in a media release. “The OPP remain committed to enforcing Ontario laws associated with speeding and aggressive driving in an effort to save lives on our roads.”

Oxford OPP officer charged in corruption case

An Oxford OPP officer has been arrested in an ongoing investigation into corrupt practices.

Const. Nancy St-Gelias, 44, of Ingersoll, was arrested and charged on Oct. 18 with unauthorized use of a computer. Through the investigation, it was revealed that St-Gelias, who is assigned to the Tillsonburg OPP detachment, was allegedly using police databases to conduct unlawful queries.

She has since been released and is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 23.

The probe, which began in January 2018, into corrupt practices, has also lead to the arrests of three GTA officers and a provincial prosecutor.

The investigation is ongoing.

Pointing firearm, assault with weapon

On Monday, Oct. 22, at approximately 11:20 a.m., the Ontario Provincial Police, Norfolk County Detachment investigated a weapons offence at Hastings Drive, Long Point.

Through the course of the investigation, it was determined that a male became involved in a verbal altercation which then turned into a physical confrontation with another male at the residence.

Investigators have charged 51-year-old Ronald Harvey Ferris of Norfolk County with assault with a weapon.

As a result of investigation, police also charged 25-year-old Kyle James Ferris of Norfolk County, with pointing a firearm, mischief under $5,000, assault with a weapon and assault.

The accused were scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Simcoe.

Courtland garage break-and-enter

On Saturday, Oct. 20, at approximately 3:01 p.m., police were contacted by a resident reporting a break and enter at a King Crescent, Courtland.

Through the course of the investigation, it was determined that between Thursday, Oct. 18, and Saturday, Oct. 20, unknowns gained entry into a detached garage on the property. Once inside, unknowns removed a dirt bike.

The motocross bike is described as a 2016 red-coloured CRS 450R.

The OPP are continuing to investigate and seek the assistance of the public. If anyone has any information they are being asked to contact the Norfolk County OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1 – 800 – 222 – 8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous online message at www.helpsolvecrime.com where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

Salford break-ins

The Oxford County Ontario Provincial Police responded to numerous calls of vehicles being entered between Oct. 19-20.

Most vehicles were left unlocked and property was stolen, including power tools, small amounts of money, keys and GPS units.

One vehicle was broken into as property was clearly visible and not removed by the owner.

Once again police are reminding the public to ‘lock it or lose it’ when it comes to vehicle entries. This is a crime of opportunity that can easily be stopped in your neighbourhoods.

If you have any information on these or other vehicle enters please contact the Oxford County OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or submit an online tip at www.oxfordcrimestoppers.com, where you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.

Aerial traffic enforcement on 401

Members of the Middlesex and Elgin County OPP conducted aerial traffic enforcement on Hwy 401 in Middlesex and Elgin Counties on October 13-14.

During the two days they had occasion to stop 66 vehicles and laid 72 charges including 38 speeding charges, some of which were in the construction zone with workers present. They also laid 24 tractor trailer following too closely charges.

Aerial traffic initiatives are designed to increase public compliance with safe driving measures and ultimately, to make the roads of Ontario a safer place for everyone. Aggressive driving is one of the “Big Four” driving behaviours that contribute to road fatalities in Ontario and one that OPP targets as part of its Provincial Traffic Safety Program in their efforts to save lives.