(SOUTHGATE, ON) - On June 26, 2020 at 6:47 p.m. Grey Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were dispatched to a motor vehicle collision, involving two vehicles on Highway 10, near Southgate Road 24, in the Township of Southgate.
A black car, southbound on Highway 10, crossed the centre line and collided into a grey car, driving northbound. The driver of the black car was not injured but the other involved driver was transported to hospital via ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.
Southgate Fire Department and the Dufferin County Emergency Medical Services assisted officers at the scene.
After speaking with all of the involved parties, officers observed that the driver of the black car was displaying signs of impairment. A demand was made by officers for the Standard Field Sobriety Test at the roadside. The driver failed and they was arrested for impaired operation by drug and transported to the detachment for further tests by a Drug Recognition Expert.
As a result of this investigation, Grey Bruce OPP have charged Deryk BENNETT, 41 years-of-age, from Dundalk, ON with the following offences:
operation of a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol and drugs, section 320.14(1)(a) Criminal Code of Canada
possession of a Schedule 1 substance - Methamphetamine, section 4(1) Controlled Drugs and Substance Act
careless driving, section 130(1) Highway Traffic Act
operate a motor vehicle without insurance, section 2(1)(a) Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act
The accused was released on an Undertaking and is required to appear in Ontario Court of Justice in Owen Sound on September 24, 2020.
Anyone with information that can assist Grey Bruce OPP with this investigation, call 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a secure web-tip at www.cstip.ca, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.