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‘Wild events’ lead to charges against Wroxeter man

WROXETER – Huron County OPP have laid numerous charges against a Wroxeter man after what they describe as “some wild events” on Saturday night.

According to a press release, Huron County OPP started receiving calls from concerned citizens around 10:37 p.m. on July 18 about a vehicle allegedly driving erratically through the village.

Police say some citizens were able to stop the driver. Once stopped, the driver got out of his vehicle and allegedly assaulted one of the witnesses at the scene.

The driver, however, failed to put his vehicle into park when he got out of the driver’s seat. His car went down a hill and crashed into a hydro pole. Police say the driver went to the vehicle and tried to start it. The accused was approached by an off-duty police officer, who went to investigate after hearing all the commotion.

The off-duty officer asked the man to wait in the vehicle until on-duty officers arrived. Police say that the driver declined and walked to a nearby apartment building. When the on-duty officers arrived, they located the accused and arrested him.

The driver was taken to a local OPP detachment, where he provided two samples of his breath to an intoxilizer technician. According to police, both samples were analyzed and they were found to be over the legal limit.

The driver, 23-year-old Andrew Patton of Wroxeter, has been charged with:

– dangerous operation;

– operation while impaired;

– operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus);

– assault with a weapon; and

– mischief.

Patton has been released from custody with a court appearance scheduled for Oct. 5 at the Ontario Court of Justice – Goderich to answer to the charges.