OPP: Officers assaulted at RIDE program in Walton

WALTON – Huron County OPP have charged a London man following an alleged assault of two police officers at a RIDE program in Walton during the early hours of Jan. 19.

Police were conducting the RIDE program at the intersection of Blyth Road and Brussels Line shortly after midnight. Around 12:20 a.m., a SUV entered the RIDE check. Huron County OPP, via a media release, say officers “observed evidence of alcohol consumption within the vehicle” and requested a roadside breath sample from the driver.

The driver provided the requested sample, which police say registered as a “fail.”

“The driver was placed under arrest and handcuffed, at which time he became verbally abusive towards the officers and resisted arrest,” states the release. “The driver proceeded to kick two officers and the police cruiser while wearing steel toed boots.”

Officers were able to place the accused in the back of the police cruiser. The accused was taken to the OPP detachment in Clinton for further tests and processing.

Police say the two officers sustained minor injuries.

The accused, a 34-year-old London man, has been charged with:

  • operation while impaired;
  • operation while impaired – over 80;
  • two counts of assault a peace officer;
  • resist peace officer; and
  • uttering threats – cause death or bodily harm.

The accused has since been released from custody with a court appearance scheduled for March 6 in Goderich.