Two alleged impaired men on personal watercraft charged at Belwood Lake

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(TOWNSHIP OF CENTRE WELLINGTON, ON) – On June 23, 2017, at approximately 4:40 p.m. members of the Wellington County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were conducting Marine Patrol on Belwood Lake, Township of Centre Wellington. While patrolling westbound in the middle of the lake police observed two personal watercrafts travelling at a high rate of speed from over 300 metres away.

The vessels approached the police boat head on and appeared to be approximately two – three metres apart from each other. Police started to wave frantically to get the attention of the operators believing there would be a collision. One vessel veered to the left narrowly avoiding a collision and continued. The other vessel veered to the right approximately 2 metres in front of the police while revving his engine. This resulted in one of the officers being showered with water inside the police vessel.

Police immediately directed the operators to stop their personal watercrafts. Upon interaction with the operators, Police formed the opinion that they had consumed alcohol. Both operators were pulled to the closest dock where a roadside screening test was conducted. In both cases, they resulted in a fail.

The operators were arrested and brought to a local OPP Operations Centre for further testing.

20-year-old Danish MUKHTAR of Mississauga has been charged with Operate Vessel with more than 80 mgs of alcohol in 100mL of blood contrary to the Criminal Code and Dangerous Operation of a Vessel.

20-year-old Muhammed WASEY of Brampton has also been charged with Operate Vessel with more than 80 mgs of alcohol in 100mL of blood contrary to the Criminal Code and Dangerous Operation of a Vessel.

A 90-day Administrative Driver’s Licence Suspension (A.D.L.S.) was initiated as per statute. Both are to appear in Guelph Criminal Court on July 28, 2017 to answer to the charges.