Niagara Regional Police say that on Saturday, December 5th, 2020, they conducted a Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (R.I.D.E) checkpoint on Niagara Stone Road in Niagara-on-the-Lake and later on Oakdale Avenue in St. Catharines.
Between 6 pm and 1 am, officers stopped approximately 500 vehicles and conducted 29 roadside tests and as a result three Provincial Offence Notices were issued and four people were issued a three day license suspension.
While conducting the St. Catharines R.I.D.E., officers arrested Jose Luis Ayala (25 years old) of St. Catharines for having more than 80 mgs of alcohol in 100 ml of blood and impaired driving. He was later released with a future court date and issued an Administrative Driver’s Licence Suspension (A.D.L.S.). The A.D.L.S. is issued to everyone charged with similar driving offences and prohibits operation of a motor vehicle for 90 days from date of issue.
One of the R.I.D.E. officers on their way to the St. Catharines R.I.D.E. location noticed a grey Hyundai that was being unusually driven. A database check of the car found it was reported stolen and it was stopped by the officer near the Carlton Street Bridge along the Welland Canal Parkway. The male driver Trevor McCord-Poole (32 years old) of no fixed address was arrested for various criminal offences including possession of property obtained by crime, possession of controlled substances and driving while prohibited.
McCord-Poole was held in custody and attended a video bail hearing and will appear again via video link to the Robert S. K. Welch Courthouse in St. Catharines.
The female passenger of the Hyundai, Michelle Serena Tetu (22 years old) of St. Catharines was also arrested and charged with possession of property obtained by Crime Under $5000,
Tetu was released at the scene with a future court date.
The Niagara Regional Police Service remain committed to reducing impaired driving offences through education and the apprehension of offenders through enforcement programs like R.I.D.E. Impaired driving is still the leading criminal offence causing deaths in Canada.
This initiative has been made possible, in part, as a result of grant funding from the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services as part of the R.I.D.E. program.
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