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Orillia teen charged with impaired after driving wrong way on Highway 11

Concerned citizen alerted OPP about the driver, who was believed to be impaired; Orillia man, 18, facing charges
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NEWS RELEASE
ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE
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(ORILLIA, ON) - Members of the Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) arrested and charged two males with impaired driving in separate incidents Sunday evening on Highway 11.

On Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, shortly after 7 p.m., police received a call from a concerned driver on Highway 11 southbound in Severn Township. The caller observed a small car driving erratically on the highway and believed that the driver was impaired. Officers located the vehicle a short time later, parked in a restaurant parking lot, and observed an unresponsive male inside. The male eventually woke up and an impaired driving investigation was commenced. 

As a result, Calvin Lee, age 55, of Wasaga Beach was arrested and charged with:

  • Operation While Impaired - Alcohol, contrary to Section 320.14(1)(a) of the Criminal Code
  • Operation While Impaired - Blood Alcohol Concentration (80 Plus), contrary to Section 320.14(1)(b) of the Criminal Code

The accused was released on a Form 10 Undertaking and is set to appear on Dec. 15, 2020, at the Ontario Court of Justice, Orillia.

Later the same evening, just before 11:30 p.m., another concerned citizen contacted police to report a driver who was believed to be impaired, driving on Highway 11 in Oro-Medonte. 

Police then got a second call for the same vehicle stating that it was now driving the wrong way on Highway 11, travelling southbound in the northbound lanes. Officers were able to stop the vehicle safely and initiated an impaired driving investigation. The male was arrested and an OPP Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) was called to assist with the investigation.

As a result, Tyler Laurin, age 18, of Orillia, has been charged with:

  • Operation While Impaired - Alcohol and Drugs, contrary to Section 320.14(1)(a) of the Criminal Code
  • Dangerous Operation, contrary to Section 320.13(1) of the Criminal Code

The accused was released on a Form 10 Undertaking and is set to appear on Dec. 08, 2020, at the Ontario Court of Justice, Orillia.

The Orillia OPP would like to thank everyone who share the responsibility of keeping our roads, trails and waterways safe by reporting impaired drivers. We are committed to serving our province by protecting its citizens, upholding the law and preserving public safety. If you have any information about crime in our community please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or report minor occurrences online by visiting www.opp.ca/reporting. You can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit your information online at www.crimestopperssdm.com if you have any information on this crime or any other crime. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display and you will remain anonymous. Being anonymous, you will not testify in court and your information may lead to a cash reward of up to $2,000.

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