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Port Stanley News RSS Feed  Crime Watch OPP - Traffic Stop Multiple Criminal Charges Laid

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Constable Adam Crewdson, OPP
OPP  Traffic Stop Multiple Criminal Charges Laid

Elgin County, ON - The Elgin County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) conducted a traffic stop on the 401 highway westbound lanes. This happened in the Dutton Ontario area, on August 7, 2018 around 3:00 p.m.

As a result of this traffic stop officers arrested two people for numerous provincial and criminal code offences.

As a result of the investigation to date the driver Brian PRATTEN, 32-years-old of Thames Centre Ontario stands charged with:

  • Possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000 contrary to section 354(1)(a) of the Criminal Code
  • Driving while disqualified contrary to section 259(4) of the Criminal Code
  • Operate a motor vehicle without insurance contrary to section 2(1)(a) of the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act
  • Fail to notify change of address contrary to section 9(2) of the Highway Traffic Act

The accused is to appear before St. Thomas Criminal court on September 4, 2018

31-year-old Vanessa SMITH of London Ontario also stands charged with:

  • Obstructing a peace officer contrary to section 129(a) of the Criminal Code
  • Failing to comply with a recognizance contrary to section 145(3) of the Criminal Code X 2

The accused was held for a bail hearing on August 8, 2018.

Both parties were arrested without incident.

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Last Updated: Wednesday, 08 August 2018 15:56:53 PM EST

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