Officers from the Caledon Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to multiple collisions over this past Family Day long weekend. For the period of February 18 to 22, 2022, a total of 55 collisions were reported in the Town of Caledon. Luckily, no serious injuries were sustained. Following police investigations, some drivers are now facing some significant criminal charges.
On February 19, 2022, at approximately 3:36 a.m., officers responded to a vehicle into the ditch in the area of Highway 10 and King Street. No injuries were reported. Since the officers suspected that the driver’s abilities were impaired, they were asked to provide a sample of their breath into an Approved Roadside Screening Device.
As a result of the police investigation, Dana CHEETHAM, 29, of Mono was charged with:
• Failure or refusal to comply with demand
The vehicle was impounded for seven days and the driver’s licence was suspended for a period of 90 days. The accused is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Orangeville on May 5, 2022, to answer to the charge.
On the same day, at approximately 1:30 p.m., officers responded to a 2 vehicle collision in the area of Mayfield Road and Bramalea Road. The two drivers exited their vehicles to exchange information when they were hit by a third vehicle. One person sustained minor injuries. The driver of the third vehicle was charged with careless driving.
On February 20, 2022, at approximately 4:00 p.m., several vehicles were stuck in a snow drift in the area of Mayfield Road and Chinguacousy Road. Two drivers got into an argument due to a minor collision. One driver threatened to shoot the other with a firearm located in the truck of the vehicle. The driver left the scene and was later located and arrested by officers. No firearm was found.
As a result of the police investigation, a 31 year old from Etobicoke was charged with:
• Possession of a Schedule I substance – Opioid
• Uttering threats – cause death or bodily harm
• Drive vehicle with cannabis readily available
The accused is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Orangeville on May 2, 2022, to answer to the charges.
Caledon OPP would like to remind motorist that the leading cause of collisions that occur during the winter months is poor driving, not poor driving conditions. Slow down, stay alert and stay in control – these simple steps will go a long way in reducing the number of winter weather-related collisions on our roads.
In bad weather, if you do not need to travel, stay at home. If you do need to drive, adjust your driving accordingly. Allow extra time travelling to and from destinations and leave ample space between yourself and the car in front of you. If you experience trouble or involved in a collision, if possible, park your vehicle well off the roadway and stay in vehicle until help arrives.
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