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Local briefs: Drunk driver, cars in ditches, lost shotgun


Alleged drunk driver tried to evade police

Radar enforcement by Orillia OPP led to an impaired-driving charge Thursday.

At about 2:25 a.m., an OPP officer was conducting radar enforcement on Highway 12 in Ramara Township when he saw a vehicle travelling east exceeding the speed limit.

The officer activated his lights and siren and attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver did not stop. With the assistance of a second officer and cruiser, the suspect vehicle was brought to a safe stop on Highway 12 near County Road 46.

Georgios Georgiopolus, 44, of Bradford has been charged with impaired driving, having a blood-alcohol level exceeding 80 milligrams and flight from police.

He will be in Orillia court Dec. 18.


14 cars end up in ditches in Oro-Medonte

Fast drivers have been keeping police busy in Oro-Medonte.

Barrie OPP investigated 14 collisions in the township in a five-hour period Wednesday afternoon. All of the collisions were the result of motorists driving too fast for the road conditions and ending up in the ditch, police said.

“All these collisions could have been avoided had drivers been operating their vehicles in accordance with the road and weather conditions,” police said.

Speed-limit signs may indicate 80, 90 or 100 km/h, but that applies to ideal conditions. In inclement weather, five, 10 or 20 km/h may be the safe speeds for the road conditions.

“If visibility is poor, pull off the road at a safe location, such as a gas station or restaurant, and wait it out. If you are at a safe location, such as home, postpone your trip until conditions improve. No event is so important as to put your safety or others in danger. Drive like your life depends on it, because it does,” police said.


Search on for lost gun

Police are looking for a lost shotgun in Ramara Township.

At about noon Tuesday, a man was duck hunting near Lake Simcoe. He parked his vehicle in the parking lot of McRae Point Provincial Park. Upon returning to his vehicle, he loaded his gear into his truck and noticed his firearm was missing. He retraced his tracks, but did not locate the gun, Orillia OPP said.

Police were called and they searched the area.

The missing gun is described as a black Remington 887 pump-action shotgun. It was stored in a camouflage case. The gun was not loaded.

Anyone with information is asked to call Orillia OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

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