Greenstone, ON – On Saturday, October 7, 2017, at approximately 6:58 pm, members of the Greenstone Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were notified by Superior North Emergency Medical Services (EMS) of a single car motor vehicle collision on the lawn of the Greenstone Municipal Office.
The vehicle had been traveling northbound into the Town of Geraldton on Main Street and had drifted into the oncoming lane and proceeded down an embankment and into the ditch. The vehicle continued out of the ditch, traveled across the lawn of the Greenstone Municipal Office, and came to a stop when it collided with a large, decorative boulder a few metres from the children’s playground.
The OPP, EMS, and the Greenstone Fire Service attended the scene. The driver had been the sole occupant of the vehicle and was taken to the hospital by EMS with minor physical injuries.
Based on driving behaviour and a small bag of white powder at the scene consistent with cocaine, police developed grounds to believe that the driver had been impaired by a drug.
The driver Michael ASSAD, 39 years old of Geraldton, Ontario, was charged with:
- Driving while ability impaired by drug contrary to section 253 (1)(a) of the Criminal Code
- Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle contrary to section 249 (1)(a) of the Criminal Code
- Possession of a schedule I substance – cocaine contrary to section 4 (1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
He will appear in Court in Geraldton, Ontario, on Thursday, December 14, 2017, at 10:00 am to answer to the charges.