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13 June 2011Warning - this news article expired on 2011-07-13. Information may no longer be accurate or applicable 13 June 2011

Drive While Impaired x 4

Belleville, Ontario ?The police service laid various charges in four separate incidents of Impaired Drivers;

The first incident occurred on June 11th at 1:30 a.m. Officers responded to a complaint of a possible impaired driver on North Front Street. Police located the vehicle in the drive thru of a fast food restaurant and spoke to the driver. The driver showed obvious symptoms of impairment. Cathy Brown, 49 years old from Belleville was charged with Drive While Impaired and Refusal to Provide Breath Sample. She was later released with a June 23, 2011 court date.

The second incident occurred on June 11th at 5:55 p.m. on Dundas St East. Officers received information of a possible impaired Driver in the Rossmore area. A short time later the vehicle was observed in the City of Belleville on Dundas St East. The driver was stopped and showed symptoms of impairment. Donald Craig, 29 years old from Cherry Valley was charged with Drive While Impaired and Over 80mgs. Craig was later released with a June 23, 2011 court date.

The third incident occurred on June 11th at 8:00 p.m. on Cannifton Road. Police received a complaint of a possible impaired driver in the Cannifton Road area. The vehicle was stopped on Cannifton Road and the driver showed symptoms of impairment. Charged with Over 80mgs is Raymond Brawley, 42 years old from Foxboro. Brawley was later released with a June 23, 2011 court date.

The fourth incident occurred on June 12th at 5:10 p.m. at a Dundas Street East location. Witnesses reported the driver of vehicle who had been seen stumbling and appeared to be impaired. On arrival police found the driver in his vehicle in a public parking lot. The driver showed symptoms of impairment. Dale Bentley, 46 years old from Belleville was arrested and charged with Care and Control of Motor Vehicle while Impaired and Over 80mgs. Bentley was later released with a June 30, 2011 court date.

The Belleville Police Service would like to thank the public for their assistance with these Calls for Service as in each case police responded based on information they received from concerned citizens within the community.

The service would like to pass on these pointers to anyone who may find themselves in the same situation as the citizens did who helped the police service over the weekend;

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.
  • 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

Robbery

Belleville, Ontario ? On June 13, 2011 at 1:25 a.m., police responded a Robbery a gas station on Highway 62. A male had entered the gas bar and produced a knife. The suspect left with an undisclosed amount of cash. He is described as male, white, 5'5?, thin build, wearing a camouflage bandana and a black and beige ?hoodie'. The suspect was last seen running west on Millennium Drive. There were no injuries received as a result of this incident. This Robbery is currently under investigation.

Break & Enter(s)

Belleville, Ontario - June 10th at 9:00 a.m., police received a report of a Break & Enter to a business on College Street West. Entry was gained sometime over night on June 9th at 5:30 p.m. and June 10th 8:00 a.m. Entry was gained by forcing the front door of the business and taken was an undisclosed amount of cash.

The second Break & Enter was reported on June 11th at 4:20 a.m., on Nisbet Ave. The homeowner reported suspects had entered the home while they were sleeping. Entry occurred sometime after 12:00 a.m. and was gained through a rear door. Suspects took a wallet, cash and a lap top. Also taken was the owners 2005 Liberty Jeep. The vehicle was located the next day by police and this incident is currently under investigation.