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3 Impaired Charges In One Night

(PERTH COUNTY, ON) – Impaired drivers continue to be a risk on the roads of Perth County, as three more were charged over the course of one night last weekend.

On May 7, 2021, just before 09:00 p.m., a member of the Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) conducted a traffic stop of a motor vehicle in the Township of Perth East. The driver displayed signs of impairment, and was subsequently arrested and transported to a local OPP detachment for further testing.

As a result, Jason WAGATHA, 46, of the Township of Perth East, has been charged with:

  • Operation While Impaired – Alcohol and Drugs
  • Operation While Impaired- Blood Alcohol Concentration (80 plus)

On May 7, 2021, just before 10:00 p.m., a motor vehicle entered a Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (R.I.D.E.) program conducted by Perth County OPP on Perth Line 20, in the Municipality of West Perth. An Approved Screening Device (ASD) was utilized. The driver was arrested and transported to a local OPP detachment where further tests were administered.

As a result, Nicole PHILLIPS, 32, of Petrolia, has been charged with:

  • Operation While Impaired – Blood Alcohol Concentration (80 plus)

On May 8, 2021, just before 01:00 a.m., Perth County OPP were in Milverton, in the Township of Perth East, conducting an investigation when they observed a person they were currently seeking operating a motor vehicle. During the investigation, an Approved Screening Device (ASD) was utilized. The driver was arrested and transported to a local OPP detachment where further tests were administered.

As a result, Jacobo HIEBERT-DYCK, 22, of the Township of Perth East, has been charged with:

  • Failure to Comply with Release Order
  • Operation While Impaired – Blood Alcohol Concentration (80 plus)
  • Driving while Under Suspension
  • Use Plate Not Authorized for Vehicle

In each incident, a 90-day Administrative Driver’s Licence Suspension (A.D.L.S.) and 7-day Vehicle Impoundment was initiated as per statute. All accused parties were released from custody and are scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Stratford at a later date to answer to the charges.

If you suspect someone is driving while their ability to operate a motor vehicle is impaired, either by drug or alcohol, call police at 911 to report it immediately.