(HOWICK, ON) – Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has charged a Palmerston resident with several criminal offences after a fail to stop on Church Street in Wroxeter on January 10th.
A Huron OPP officer was conducting patrols in Wroxeter at approximately 10:16 a.m. on January 10th when a traffic stop on a minivan was initiated for a Highway Traffic Act violation. The driver of the Dodge Caravan failed to stop for police and sped away at a high rate of speed. The driver then turned around and drove directly at the police officer who was parked with the emergency lights activated. The officer had to take evasive action to avoid being hit by the minivan driver.
Additional officers attended and located the involved vehicle and driver a short time later. Evidence of drug use was found at the scene. Police discovered that the male driver displayed signs of impairment by drug, and he was subsequently arrested for further assessment.
The accused was then transported to the Wellington OPP Detachment for further tests by an OPP Drug Recognition Expert.
Andrew DOUPE, 35 years-of-age from Palmerston has been charged with the following offences:
– Operation While Impaired – Alcohol and Drugs,
– Flight from Peace Officer,
– Dangerous Operation,
– Possession of Schedule I Substance – Methamphetamine,
– Fail to Comply with Probation Order
The accused was also charged with Highway Traffic Act (HTA) offences, including Driving While Under Suspension and Dirty Plate.
The involved vehicle was towed and impounded for seven days.
The accused has since been released from custody with a court appearance scheduled for February 27th, 2023, at the Ontario Court of Justice – Goderich.