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Officers Assaulted By Drunk Driver

(HURON EAST, ON) – Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has charged a resident of London with several criminal offences after an incident that took place early this morning. 

On Thursday, January 19, 2023, at approximately 12:20 a.m., Huron County OPP was conducting a Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (R.I.D.E.) check at the intersection of Blyth Road and Brussels Line in the Municipality of Huron East (Walton).

Officers spoke to a driver of an SUV that entered the R.I.D.E. check. Officers observed evidence of alcohol consumption within the vehicle and advised the driver that they would require a roadside breath sample. The driver provided a suitable breath sample which resulted in a “Fail”. The driver was placed under arrest and handcuffed at which time he became verbally abusive towards the officers and resisted arrest. The driver proceeded to kick two officers and the police cruiser while wearing steel toed boots. The driver was eventually placed into the rear of the cruiser and transported to the Huron OPP detachment in Clinton for further breath tests and processing. The two officers that were assaulted received minor injuries.

As a result of the incident, Huron County OPP has charged 34-year-old Michael CASCONE from London with the following offences:

–      Operation while Impaired

–      Operation while Impaired – Over 80

–      Assault Peace Officer (two counts)

–      Resist Peace Officer

–      Uttering Threats – Cause Death or Bodily Harm

The accused has since been released from custody with a court appearance scheduled for March 6th, 2023, at the Ontario Court of Justice – Goderich.