JUNE 25, 2021 – Stories like this are hard to write. Generally we only publish based on hard facts, but in the case multiple sources stated that CPS future Police Chief allegedly was caught driving a non CPS vehicle on Highway 138 at over 150KM which is nearly double the legal speed limit and would be grounds for a stunt driving infraction.
“The Penalties of Stunt Driving and Racing in Ontario under the Highway Traffic Act.
Even if a person is not convicted of any of these stunt driving or racing offences, that person will still suffer from a) a 7 day administrative driving suspension, b) a 7 day vehicle impound, and, c) impound fees.
If convicted, those consequences become much worse and will include: a) a very hefty fine ($2,000.00 to $10,000.00), and, b) longer driving suspensions (up to 10 years in some cases). The Highway Traffic Act states, under s.172(2) that:
Every person who [commits the offence of stunting or racing] is guilty of an offence and on conviction is liable to a fine of not less than $2,000 and not more than $10,000 orto imprisonment for a term of not more than six months, or to both, and in addition his or her driver’s licence may be suspended,
In addition to these crippling sanctions, a person has to worry about the costs associated with reinstating/reissuing licences, victim fine surcharges, impound fees, massive insurance rate hikes (or possible ineligibility), and the inconvenience of not driving for whatever period of time may be imposed. As inconvenient and costly as it may have been to be charged, it will pale in comparison to the costs and inconvenience of being convicted of these offences.”
Highway 138 has been the scene of some of the worst accidents in the region and is in desperate need of having lanes added. It’s normal limits are 90KM.
It’s understandable that a VIP wouldn’t want these kind of sanctions and the allegations are that she was not in a CPS vehicle. As well a civilian was on a “ride along” in the OPP car and witnessed the incident.
The OPP responded to our question regarding the allegations.
“The OPP do not respond to speculation of offences that may or may not have been committed or confirm an individuals employment status. If the matter was before the court and a public record, the names of individuals could be obtained.“
Of course if Ms Spowart was given a free pass there would be nothing before the courts or public records available. These allegations are two fold in that if proven true Ms Spowart should be charged, but also that any OPP officer would give someone blatantly driving that fast a free pass regardless of whom they are.
Sadly the CPS do not respond to this newspaper’s emails, but we did send one to both DC Spowart and Danny Aikman.
Ms Spowart was championed by former Mayor Bernadette Clement who allegedly wanted Chief Aikman pushed out as the force has some of the lowest diversity numbers in the province. She has since abandoned Cornwall to become a Senator for Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government.
We will update as more info becomes available and you can reach us via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Will our now police chief in Cornwall Ontario please tell me if you were really speeding at approximately 150 kilometres an hour on highway 138 and not giving a ticket or court date for stunt driving by the opp and did they stop you and just give you a warning thank you
There was no option for warnings for stunt driving. If off duty and the allegations are proven true (apparently there was at least one civilian ride along that witnessed the event) stunt driving leads to automatic suspension and impounding.. This is on the OPP now and needs to be fully investigated.
What ever became of this?
Everyone went silent.