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Mark WELFRED – Impaired Driving & Cocaine Possession

(SOUTH HURON, ON) – Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has charged a London resident with Impaired Operation and Possession of Cocaine following an investigation conducted last week in Exeter.

On Friday, November 5, 2021 at approximately 11:00 a.m. Huron OPP officers responded to the hospital in Exeter to investigate a report of a possible impaired driver. Police arrived on scene shortly thereafter and located the suspect walking around outside of the hospital. Police were able to identify the suspect and were able to confirm he had been operating a motor vehicle prior to police arrival.  

Upon speaking to the driver the investigating officer noted the driver had consumed some alcohol so a roadside screening test was utilized. The driver subsequently failed the roadside test and was placed under arrest. He was later transported to the Huron OPP Detachment where he provided two samples of breath to the qualified Intoxilizer Technician; Both samples were measured above the legal limit. A search incident to arrest also revealed the driver was in possession of suspected cocaine. 

Mark WELFRED, 51 years of age, from London has been charged with Operation While Impaired, Operation While Impaired – Blood Alcohol Concentration 80 Plus & Possession of a Schedule I Substance – Cocaine. He has since been released from custody with a court appearance scheduled for December 20, 2021 at the Ontario Court of Justice – Goderich

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