E-Bike Rider Charged with Impaired Driving

(Bradford, ON) On Tuesday, June 9, 2020, at approximately 10:27 p.m., a South Simcoe Police Service officer on patrol in Bradford observed an electric motorcycle with the headlight off and the driver carrying his helmet. A traffic stop was conducted near Melbourne Drive and Holland Street West. The officer detected an odour of alcohol and made a demand for a roadside screening device test. As a result, 41-year-old Jason Morfopoulos of Newmarket was charged with operation while impaired, failing to comply with the breath demand and failing to wear a helmet. The e-bike was impounded for seven days and the driver’s licence suspended for 90 days. He was released with a future court date.

Drinking and driving a motor vehicle is a Criminal Code offence and charges are laid under the Criminal Code of Canada. Under the Criminal Code, the definition of a “motor vehicle” includes an e-bike, and anyone operating an e-bike intoxicated can be charged with impaired driving. If convicted, the offender would be subject to the Criminal Code penalties, including a fine or jail time, and a driving prohibition.

Theft and Vandalism at Construction Site 

(Bradford, ON) South Simcoe Police Service officers are investigating three incidents involving theft and vandalism at a construction site in Bradford.

On Wednesday, June 10, 2020, police were called to the site in the West Park Avenue and Veterans Streetr area and were advised that in the overnight hours of June 7, 8 and 9 unknown suspects stole items and damaged property. Anyone who witnessed suspicious activity in the area or anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to contact Constable Matt Jeffels at 905-775-3311, 705-436-2141 extension 1428, mathew.jeffels@southsimcoepolice.ca or contact Crime Stoppers.

Fraud Warning 

(Innisfil, ON) South Simcoe Police Service is reminding residents to be wary of emails where someone requests gift cards, even if the email appears at a glance to be from a person you know. A victim called police after receiving such an email on Sunday, June 7, 2020 where a person with an email address similar to an acquaintance claimed to be having trouble purchasing gift cards for a child’s birthday. The victim was asked to do a favour, buy the cards and share the numbers with the suspect. After making the purchases totalling hundreds of dollars, the victim became suspicious and called police.

Fraudsters are creative and constantly adjusting their scams in order to catch victims off guard and prey on the goodwill of people. Requests for purchases or payments in gift cards is a big red flag. Ask questions, be alert and stop communication if you have even an inkling of doubt. Report these incidents to police.

On Tuesday, June 9, 2020, South Simcoe Police Service officers responded to 75 calls for service.