Ontario Provincial Police respond to 3 alcohol-related collisions in 10 hours


Serious injuries reported following head-on collision on Highway 400 and Horseshoe Valley Road

TOWNSHIP OF SPRINGWATER, TOWN OF WASAGA BEACH – Members of the Huronia West OPP (Ontario Provincial Police) responded to three collisions involving impaired drivers over a 10-hour period, beginning January 4, 2022.

At 6.44pm police were called to a collision on Sunnidale Road near George Johnson Road in Springwater. Upon arrival, officers observed a motor vehicle collide with a pole and immediately launched an impaired driving investigation. The driver was arrested at the scene and taken to hospital. This investigation is continuing.

At 7:07 p.m., police were called to Highway 400 and Horseshoe Valley Road in Springwater for another collision, this one involving a wrong-way driver. This vehicle collided head-on with another. Police have again opened an impaired driving investigation. The driver of the oncoming vehicle was also arrested and taken to hospital with serious injuries. This investigation is also continuing.

At 4:49 a.m. on January 5, 2022, police were called to a third collision, this time on River Road West in Wasaga Beach. It was another single motor vehicle collision, which also prompted police to open another impaired driving investigation. The driver in this case was also arrested.

As a result of this collision, Charlea Larocque, 24, of Wasaga Beach, was charged with:
• impaired operation – alcohol and drugs
• impaired operation – blood alcohol level over 80

Larocque’s driver’s license was suspended for 90 days and the vehicle was impounded for seven days. Larocque is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Collingwood on February 8, 2022.

Ontarians are reminded to do their part by never driving after consuming alcohol or drugs and by not letting anyone else drive if you know or suspect they have used any of them. ‘other.

The OPP would like to remind everyone that impaired driving is not just a vacation problem. If you suspect someone is driving or is about to drive while impaired by drugs or alcohol, contact the police immediately by dialing 9-1-1.



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