PETERBOROUGH-Peterborough County OPP says officers received multiple reports regarding a vehicle that had been involved in an accident. The end result was the driver being charged with impaired as well as several other charges.
The calls came in at approximately 5:50pm on November 2, 2023, regarding the driving of a silver pickup truck. Information had been received that the vehicle had struck a bridge, causing damage to both the bridge and the vehicle. Police say the vehicle then continued on making its way to Highway 28 and was then involved in a second collision, this time involving another vehicle driving in the opposite direction. OPP officers arrived on scene and after speaking with the driver, determined the driver to be impaired. The accused was transported from the scene to a local hospital for treatment of injuries. The driver of the second vehicle was spoken to by EMS but appeared to be uninjured.
60-year-old Bruce Vanderelst of Apsley was arrested and charged with:
· Operation while impaired-alcohol and drugs
· Dangerous operation
· Operation while Prohibited under the Criminal Code
· Possession of a Schedule I Substance – Opioid
· Drive Motor Vehicle, no currently validated permit
· Fail to apply for permit on becoming owner
· Fail to remain
· Operate a motor vehicle without insurance
The vehicle impounded for seven days.
The accused is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Peterborough on November 28, 2023.