This past weekend (September 29th through October 1st), Shelburne Police was conducting daily R.I.D.E. programs. During these spot checks, one person was charged with impaired and over 80, another with possession of marijuana, and a third was issued a 3 day license suspension.
Shortly after 11pm on Friday, officers observed a black BMW approach the spot check, but make a sudden change in direction and pull into a parking lot. Officers approached the vehicle in the parking lot to find the driver, the only occupant of the vehicle, show obvious signs of intoxication by alcohol. The driver was arrested for impaired operation and returned to the Shelburne Police station for testing. The breath tests indicated that he had more than the double the legal limit of alcohol in his system. As a result, 39 year old Amando Rodriguez Narajo of Alliston was charged with impaired operation, and over 80 operation of a motor vehicle. His vehicle was impounded for 7 days and his license suspended for 90 days. He has a first appearance court date in early October to answer to the allegations.
On Saturday evening, a driver of a car was investigated in regards to suspicion of having alcohol in his system. This man blew a “warn” range on the roadside screening device, resulting in his license being suspended for 3 days. No charges were laid in this incident.
On Sunday evening, silver Ford entered a R.I.D.E. program that caught an officers attention due to indicators that marijuana was in the vehicle. A road side investigation took place resulting in about 6 grams of marijuana and other drug paraphernalia being seized. David Hill, 57 years old, of Leith Ontario was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance. He was released on an appearance notice at the scene and provided a first appearance court date in late October to answer to the allegations.
Shelburne Police reminds all motorists, that marijuana is illegal to possess, and although legislation is changing in regards to marijuana possession, having marijuana accessible to the driver in a motor vehicle will continue to be illegal, just like having alcohol accessible to the driver is illegal.
If anyone has any information in relation to this case or any other matter, they are encouraged to contact the Shelburne Police Service at 519-925-3312 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.crimestopperssdm.com.