COE HILL — If you’re planning to drive Hwy 115 south of Peterborough these days — like heading north to your cottage — you’e better keep an eye on the sky.
And your foot off the gas pedal.
Ontario Provincial Police have an aircraft in the area this week, hunting speeders. Wednesday, a Durham Regional police officer in an unmarked cruiser was nabbed by OPP and charged with racing.
Here’s the Peterborough OPP press release:
OPP CHARGE DURHAM REGIONAL POLICE OFFICER – STUNT DRIVING
(CAVAN MONAGHAN TOWNSHIP, ON) – The Ontario Provincial Police have charged a police officer and impounded an unmarked Durham Regional Police vehicle while conducting aerial traffic enforcement in Peterborough County August 12, 2009.
At approximately 5:30 p.m. , an aircraft being operated by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was conducting aerial traffic enforcement on Highway 115 in Cavan Monaghan Township, Peterborough County. The aircraft was in this area for the purpose of measuring the speed of motor vehicles traveling on the highway.
A motor vehicle was observed travelling northbound at a high rate of speed and was subsequently stopped by a member of the Peterborough County OPP Detachment who was participating in this road safety initiative.
The vehicle was determined to be an unmarked police vehicle that was registered to the Durham Regional Police Service.
The OPP have impounded the vehicle for seven days and a 34 year-old male, 10 year member of the Durham Regional Police has had his Driver’s Licence suspended for the same period of time.
The police officer has been charged with Race a Motor Vehicle, contrary to section 172(1) of the Highway Traffic Act and is scheduled to appear in Provincial Offences Court in Peterborough on September 14, 2009.