(TOWNSHIP OF WELLINGTON NORTH, ON) – On October 24, 2020 at approximately 1:30 a.m., a Wellington County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer was conducting traffic enforcement on Wellington Road 6, just south of Mount Forest. The officer observed a northbound passenger vehicle travelling at a speed well above the posted 80 km/h speed limit. The vehicle was locked on radar in excess of 130 km/h.
Police initiated a traffic stop and determined the driver was under the influence of alcohol. Officers performed roadside testing, which resulted in a fail. The driver was arrested and brought to a local OPP operations centre for further testing.
Thomas HUGHES, 43-years-old of LaSalle, Ontario has been charged with;
Impaired Operation-Over 80 contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada
Racing a Motor Vehicle contrary to the Highway Traffic Act.
Drive Motor Vehicle with Open Container of Liquor contrary to the Liquor Licence Act
The defendant is scheduled to appear in Guelph at the Ontario Court of Justice – Provincial Offences Court on November 17, 2020. The vehicle and driver’s licence were seized for a period of seven days as per statute.
If you suspect someone is driving while their ability to operate a motor vehicle is impaired, either by drug or alcohol, call police at 911 to report it.