Domestic Disturbances, Impaired Driving, Driving while under Suspension

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Domestic Disturbance

On 22 August 2014, in the early morning hours, St. Thomas Police officers responded to a report of a domestic disturbance in progress. Officers attended a downtown business and located a female claiming to be the victim of an assault. Through investigation, officers determined that the female had just endured a violent episode at her residence involving her commonlaw boyfriend. The female sustained minor injuries before she fled the residence to call police. The 25 year old involved male was arrested for Assault and Mischief. He was later released from custody pending a future court date.

Domestic Disturbance

On 23 August 2014, St. Thomas Police officers responded to a report of a domestic disturbance at a downtown residence. The female complainant called to report that her commonlaw boyfriend had just damaged her property inside and outside of the residence. Upon arrival, officers determined that the 24 year old involved male had committed three counts of mischief not exceeding $5000. Subsequently, the male was arrested and processed on the charges. He was later released pending a future court date.

Impaired Driver

On 23 August 2014, a St. Thomas Police officer stopped a 55 year old male driver for a vehicle registration violation. Through investigation, the officer detected that the driver had alcohol on his breath. The driver was issued the roadside demand for which he complied with. The driver failed the roadside screen and was subsequently arrested for Over 80 mgs of alcohol. The driver was transported to the STPS HQ where he provided samples of his breath that revealed his blood alcohol concentration to be over the legal limit. He was subsequently processed on the charge and released pending a future court date.

Driving while under suspension

Over the past 24 hrs, the St. Thomas Police stopped 4 drivers for operating motor vehicles while under suspension. 3 of the drivers were processed on charges. The suspensions were all related to Highway Traffic Act offences. A reminder to all those drivers that decide to operate a motor vehicle on any highway or roadway while under suspension – the consequences for doing so are severe.
You may not drive, under any circumstances, when your licence is suspended. If you are convicted of driving while your licence is suspended for an HTA offence you will have to pay a fine of $1,000 to $5,000 for a first offence and $2,000 to $5,000 for a subsequent offence. (A “subsequent” offence is when you are convicted again within five years.) The court can order you to spend up to six months in jail, or you may have to pay a fine or do both. Six months will be added to your current suspension as well.
If you are found guilty of driving while your licence is suspended for a Criminal Code offence, you face a fine of $5,000 to $25,000 for a first offence and $10,000 to $50,000 for a subsequent offence within five years. You also face an additional suspension (one year for a first offence; two years for a subsequent offence) under the HTA and up to two years in prison and a three-year licence suspension under the Criminal Code.

For more information on Suspended Driver’s Licences, please refer to the following MTO website;

http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/dandv/driver/handbook/section4.8.12.shtml

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