'Strict is fair' approach keeps OPP busy in Wasaga Beach

The OPP warned the public that they would be employing a "strict is fair" approach over the holiday weekend in Wasaga Beach and its surrounding areas.

Police make impaired- and possession-related arrests, also investigate alleged garage sale theft

It looks like the warning didn't work.

Ahead of the holiday weekend, the Ontario Provincial Police said its officers would be employing a "strict is fair" approach when patrolling Wasaga Beach and surrounding areas.

"If you break the law, you will probably be charged," said the news release, which highlighted the Huronia West detachment's weekend intentions.

Police said their warning was intended for both Wasaga Beach residents and its guests to behave themselves.

But as the weekend unfolded, police ended up making a series of arrests related to alleged cases of drunk driving and drug possession. They also conducted an investigation that related to an alleged garage-sale theft.

On Saturday morning, police say that someone stole a DeWalt radio from a garage sale on River Road West and then rode away from the scene. The suspect was a white male who wore a T-shirt, shorts and mirrored sunglasses and was riding a 10-speed bicycle, police say.

A day later, police were kept busy from the very early hours of Sunday evening, while working in Wasaga Beach.

  • At 6:45 p.m., police say a vehicle was stopped during a RIDE check on Mosely Street and the driver was not wearing her seatbelt. Police allege the 34-year-old Toronto woman was also operating the vehicle under the influence of alcohol.
  • Half an hour after that arrest, police say that one of their cruisers was cut off by a vehicle on Mosley Street, near 16th Street. Police allege the driver of that vehicle was found with marijuana. A 22-year-old Toronto man now faces a possession charge.
  • Two hours later, police investigated a collision on First Street and concluded that a driver had been under the influence of alcohol. A 53-year-old Wasaga Beach woman now faces two impaired-related charges.
  • At 11:30 p.m., police stopped a vehicle on Mosley Street, near 16th Street. They allege the driver was found in possession of marijuana. A 37-year-old Essa Township man faces a possession charge.