Suspended Driver / “Warn” registered
On the June 4th 2019, West Grey Police intercepted a Dodge Caravan after complaints had been reported involving the vehicle. Upon intercepting the van on Queen Street in Durham, there was a suspicion that the driver may have consumed alcohol. The male driver was ordered to provide a breath sample at the roadside and complied. The breath sample registered a “WARN” which led to his driver’s license being registered with the MTO as suspended immediately for three days. Upon the driver’s exit of his vehicle, police had noticed two vials of a substance believed to be hash oil and three marijuana cigarettes. These items were noted to be readily available to the driver contrary to the Cannabis Control Act 2017. Further to this, the man was unable to provide a valid driver’s license as his license had already been suspended since September of 2015. Subsequent to police investigation, the 56 year old Durham man was charged with driver having cannabis readily available and driving while suspended. The accused was issued a court date where he will answer to the charge and his vehicle was towed off of the roadway.
Special Olympics Torch Run
On June 4th 2019, the West Grey Police Service in partnership with Spruce Ridge Community School hosted the 2019 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Ontario. Students, faculty and police marched up Garafraxa Street in hopes to raise awareness for such a great cause. West Grey has raised nearly $12,000 for Special Olympics in the past six months, including the West Grey Police Service’s Polar Plunge that was held in March. Thank you to all of our community partners and to those who participated to make this such a great day.
Motor Vehicle Collisions / Car vs. Deer
In the past seven days, seven motor vehicle collisions have been reported to the West Grey Police Service, five of which involved a vehicle hitting deer. Police are offering the following as suggestions to reduce the number of collisions:
- Use high beam headlights when other drivers aren’t coming toward you to better illuminate the roadway. It may also help you see the reflective eyes of deer.
- If you see a deer, slow down and “blow your horn with one, long blast” to frighten the deer.
- If one jumps in front of you, brake firmly but stay in your lane. Veering into another lane can cause an accident.
- If you hit a deer, stay calm, pull off the roadway and call 911 if there are any injuries. If there is vehicle damage of $2,000 or more, you must call police as soon as practicable to report the collision.
- Always drive according to the weather and road conditions.
Local West Grey Officer recognized for life saving actions
On March 1st 2019 at approximately 6:00pm, Sergeant Jeremy White located a man on Grey Road 3 in Ayton who was in a pick-up truck and had no vital signs. Sgt. White began performing CPR on the male and called for assistance. West Grey Fire Fighters along with Grey County Paramedics were quick to arrive and assist Sgt. White in resuscitating the man. After hard work and team effort, James Wilmer survived what was later diagnosed to have been a heart attack. This week, Grey County paramedic Melissa Kaufman and police Sergeant Jeremy White were recognized for their live saving actions. They were both presented with awards for saving the life of James Wilmer. Great work by all of the first responders including the fast response of the firefighters.
The West Grey Police administrative office will be closed at noon on June 10th, 2019 and will re-open on June 13th 2019 at 08:30am. For emergencies please contact 911 or our dispatchers at 519-371-6911. We apologize in advance for any inconveniences.
Cst. Cory Trainor
Media Relations Officer
West Grey Police Service