On Saturday, May 6th, members of the Barrie Police Service Traffic Unit were on scene of a large, unsanctioned truck meet-up in the parking lot of the Bayfield Mall.
Barrie Police Traffic Officers were assisted by officers from the South Simcoe Police Service and the OPP, in responding to the ongoing stunt driving that was taking place in the parking lot, and on nearby roads.
It was estimated that between 500 and 600 vehicles were present, with more than 700 people in attendance.
In addition to the thousands of dollars in damage done to the parking lot, multiple charges were laid, including:
- 29 Highway Traffic Act charges
- 1 charge of Stunt Driving on Bayfield Street. The involved vehicle was impounded for 14 days, and the driver’s license suspended for 30 days
- 1 3-day license suspension
- 3 Alcohol Screening Device tests conducted
As well, the Traffic Unit is investigating after a fail-to-remain motor vehicle collision took place in the area of Bayfield Street and Coulter Street during this period.
The Barrie Police Service reminds those that may be considering attending large, unsanctioned events like this that officers work closely with the owners of the large parking lots throughout the city of Barrie. Officers are able to act on behalf of the property owners to remove trespassers. Officers will have a visible presence at any future events of this nature, and attendees can be assured that officers will be gathering information and will follow up with charges for those responsible for damage to property, or unsafe driving behaviours.
Anyone that has any information on the events that took place this weekend, are asked to reach out to the Barrie Police Traffic Unit at 705-725-7025 Ext. 2995 or through Crime Stoppers at www.p3tips.com or 1-800-222-TIPS.
|Prepared by:||Corporate Communications|