South Simcoe Police had a busy first week of the Festive Ride program with more than 960 vehicles stopped.
In one incident, police say an officer narrowly missed being struck by a vehicle that fled a spot check in Innisfil.
Police stopped the vehicle at a spot check late in the evening on Wednesday, Dec. 1 in the area of 20 Sideroad and the 9th Line. Officers detected an odour of marijuana coming from the vehicle. As police spoke to the driver, he fled at a high speed almost striking an officer. Police pursued the vehicle but lost sight of it in the area of Sideroad 25 and Big Bay Point Road.
Police eventually located the vehicle minus the driver in a nearby parking lot of a residence. The vehicle was taken to the police station in Innisfil where a search warrant was executed. Police say a quantity of cocaine was discovered. With the assistance of the K9 Unit, a search warrant was executed at the address where the vehicle was found. Police say a quantity of crack cocaine was found inside the home.
At this point, no arrest has been made.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Constable Jesse McGee at 705-436-2141, 905-775-3311 or Crime Stoppers.
During the first week of the Festive RIDE campaign, police stopped 965 vehicles, conducted 32 roadside tests for alcohol and three for drugs. There was one 3-day suspension for alcohol and three 3-day suspensions for presence of drugs. Police also laid seven charges for cannabis readily available, two liquor licence offences and seven Highway Traffic offences.