Arrest in Gas Thefts

(Innisfil, ON) South Simcoe Police Service officers have made an arrest following a series of gas thefts from a private gas pump in Innisfil.

Four thefts occurred between Friday, December 27, 2019 and Tuesday, December 31, 2019 in the Highway 400 and 9 Line area. As a result of investigation, a suspect was arrested at 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 1, 2020. Police seized several items including 11 gm of methamphetamine and a replica handgun. A 37-year-old Tottenham man was charged with four counts of theft, drug possession and possession for the purpose of trafficking.

Arrest After Driver Flees RIDE Program 

(Bradford, ON) A 27-year-old Cambridge man was charged with several offences after police pursued a driver who fled a RIDE check.

On Tuesday, December 31, 2019 around 1:30 a.m., South Simcoe Police Service officers conducting a RIDE program on County Road 88 near Highway 400 in Bradford spoke to a suspected impaired driver. An officer attempted a roadside test but the driver failed to provide a sample and then sped from the scene at a high rate of speed, narrowly missing several officers. Police pursued the vehicle but terminated for safety reasons. At one point, a Tire Deflation Device was deployed and the vehicle was subsequently located in a ditch. The driver was arrested and transported to North Division. He was uninjured in the collision. A 27-year-old Cambridge man was charged with Dangerous Driving, Flight From Police, Failure or Refusal to Comply with Demand and Utter Threats. He was released with a court date in February.

Over 80 

(Bradford, ON) A 27-year-old Bradford woman was charged with Over 80 by officers conducting a RIDE Program in Bradford.

On Monday, December 30, 2019, around 8:00 p.m., South Simcoe Police Service officers were conducting a RIDE program at Canal Road and Simcoe Road when they observed a vehicle turning into a driveway just east of the RIDE check point. Police went to the vehicle, spoke to the driver and detected an odour of alcohol. After a fail was registered on a roadside screening device, the driver was transported to South Division. Further tests resulted in readings of over the legal limit. As a result, a 27-year-old Bradford woman was charged with Over 80. Her licence was suspended for 90 days and her vehicle impounded for seven days.

She was released with a January court date.

3-Day Suspensions 

(Bradford/Innisfil, ON) On Tuesday, December 31, 2019 and Wednesday, January 1, 2020, South Simcoe Police Service officers issued a total of three, 3-day licence suspensions during Festive RIDE Programs. In each case, police detected an odour of cannabis and roadside drug screening device tests resulted in positive readings for THC. All three drivers were charged with Novice Driver – Presence of a Drug.

There is zero tolerance for young, novice and commercial drivers. Just like alcohol, you are not allowed to have any cannabis in your system if you are driving and you:

are 21 or under

have a G1, G2, M1 or M2 licence

are driving a vehicle that requires an A-F driver’s licence or Commercial Vehicle Operator’s Registration

are driving a road-building machine

Since May 2019, South Simcoe Police Service has been using The Drager DrugTest 5000. This mobile drug screening system uses oral fluid that currently tests for THC and cocaine. It was the first drug detection device approved for police use in Canada. SSPS currently has five of the devices primarily deployed for use in the Traffic Unit.

Our Festive RIDE Program wraps up tonight but as you know, our RIDE spot checks are year round and happen anywhere and any time. Thank you to all of the citizens who made the right choice this holiday season to drive sober. Let’s continue to work together in 2020 to keep our roads safe.

From Monday, December 30, 2019 to Thursday, January 2, 2020, South Simcoe Police Service officers responded to 148 calls for service.