Area OPP Police Press Releases

Patrick CNOCKAERT Arrested

(WEST PERTH, ON) – On February 25, 2023, just before 9:00 p.m., the Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were conducting a Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (RIDE) checkpoint on Road 160 in the Municipality of West Perth.    

Upon speaking with a driver who entered the checkpoint, it became apparent the driver had consumed an alcoholic beverage. The driver was arrested for impaired operation and transported to a local operations center for further testing.

Patrick CNOCKAERT, a 53-year-old resident of Mitchell has been charged with the following:

–      Operation with impaired – alcohol and drugs

–      Operation while impaired – blood concentration (80 plus)

A 90-day Administrative Driver’s License Suspension (A.D.L.S.) and a 7-day Vehicle Impoundment was initiated as per statute. The accused has been released and is 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.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents should immediately contact Perth County OPP at 1-888-310-1122.