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13 December 2010Warning - this news article expired on 2011-01-13. Information may no longer be accurate or applicable

Assault with a Weapon

Belleville, Ontario ? On December 11, 2010 at 1:06 a.m. police responded to a fight on Front Street. The subsequent investigation resulted in a 23 year old Stirling male being arrested and charged with a weapon related offence. William MUSCLOW was charged with one count each of Assault with a Weapon and Utter Threats. The victim received minor knife wounds to his hand and was treated and released from Bellville General Hospital. MUSCLOW will appear in court in January 2011.

Assault Police

Belleville, Ontario ? On December 12, 2010 at 2:50 a.m., while police were investigating a possible impaired driver on Tracey Street a disturbance ensued between persons at the scene. As a result Cherie BROWN, 40 years old from the City of Belleville was arrested and charged with Assault Police. The driver of the vehicle was issued a 3 day licence suspension. Brown will appear in court in January 2011.

Impaired Driver(s)

Belleville, Ontario ? On December 12, 2010, at 6:35 p.m., an officer on patrol observed a vehicle driving erratically in the area of Stanley Street. The vehicle was subsequently stopped on Station Street and as a result the driver was arrested for Drive While Impaired. Charged with one count each of Impaired Driving, Over 80mgs, Fail to Comply with an Undertaking, and Drive While Under Suspension is John GALVIN, 29 years old from Belleville. Galvin will appear in court in January.

Belleville, Ontario ? On December 11, 2010 at 2:30 p.m., police responded to a report of a possible impaired driver in the area of the Bay Bridge Road. The call came from an anonymous caller, who spotted the female getting into the vehicle and was concerned the driver was impaired.

Police were able to locate the vehicle and arrested a 28 year old Ottawa woman. Charged with one count each of Over 80 mgs, Obstruct Police and Drive while under Suspension is Crystal WANNAMKER. Wannamaker will appear in court in January 2011.

The Belleville Police Service would like to thank those citizens who take the time to report possible impaired drivers to police and have included the following as Tips to assist the public in the detection and reporting of these types of incidents to police.

Impaired Driving

The R.I.D.E. campaign specifically targets individuals that have consumed alcohol and then chose to drive. Through a variety of methods that include traditional "spot check lanes? members of the Uniform personnel will be out seeking opportunities to conduct enforcement and education with respect to drinking and driving offences

The Belleville Police Service also encourages the public to identify dangerous and aggressive driving. Citizens are asked to keep their own safety in mind when they observe an incident. They are asked to wait for a safe opportunity to document the specific details or phone police.

It is stressed that citizens should never chase the vehicle they are trying to report or do anything to jeopardize road safety.

What can you do to report an impaired driver?

If you observe a driver of a motor vehicle doing some or all of the following things, they maybe impaired and police can be contacted to investigate the driver to ensure they are safe to continue driving:

  • Swerving within a single laneway or between more than one laneway
  • Driving at varied speeds, above and below the speed limit
  • Driving without headlights on, or driving with only parking lights
  • Tailgating
  • ?Running' Amber or Red traffic lights
  • Driving with windows open in very cold weather
  • Making wide turns, and/or hitting curbs
  • Driving with a flat tire
  • Slow response when stopping at traffic signal/signs
  • Observe a driver staggering or appearing unsteady on their feet as they walk towards their car.
  • (You don't have to wait for the driver to drive away before calling the police. If the driver remains sitting in the driver's seat, maybe slumped over, you can still call the police and/or ambulance to check on the persons health and well being)
  • If your in line at a store and detect the odor of alcohol coming from another customer & you see them later enter a car as the driver.

You've spotted a possible Impaired Driver ? Now what?

  • Most importantly - stay safe. Don't let the situation become more hazardous then it may already be.
  • Call the police, using 911 services, as soon as you can ? safely. (Cell phones make calling in an impaired driver much easier, but remember to drive with care and attention to the road yourself)
  • Tell the police what you have observed and what direction/street you are traveling on
  • Provide a licence plate of the motor vehicle
  • Provide a vehicle description including colour
  • Describe the driver (male/female), clothing, hair colour, facial hair or distinguishing features

What happens after I call and the police stop the car?

  • The police will investigate the driver. If the driver is found to be impaired, the police may request the following: A written statement, of what you observed and if you had passengers in your car, they may also be asked to provide a written statement of what they observed. If you called in an impaired driver, but couldn't remain nearby, ensure you provide the 911 call taker with a telephone number you can be reached at.