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Skipper faces impaired charges after colliding with docked boat

Vessel on Sturgeon River had eight people on board when it struck another vessel moored at private dock, OPP say
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TAY TOWNSHIP - Members of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a report of a vessel collision in the Sturgeon River of Tay Township at 12:55 a.m. Sept. 1, 2019.

Investigators learned that a vessel navigating the Sturgeon River with eight persons aboard struck another vessel which was moored at a private dock in the river causing property damage only and failed to remain at the scene.

OPP officers were able to locate the vessel and operator nearby and upon speaking with the operator entered into a drinking and operating investigation resulting in Russell Lee, 38, of Georgian Bluffs Township being charged with the following offences contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada:

  • Operation while impaired - alcohol and drugs
  • Operation while impaired - blood alcohol concentration (80 plus)

He was released from police custody on a recognizance to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Midland on Sept. 19, 2019.

Officers remind vessel operators and drivers that an essential part our enforcement effort is to save lives and reduce injuries on our waterways and roadways while promoting and educating the public about safe boating practices.