opp logo270On August 12, at 5:48 p.m., Grey Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were dispatched to a (brown) sport utility vehicle that was stationary on the roadway at the intersection of Nelson Street West at Sykes Street North, in Meaford.

A man was observed seated in the driver's seat with his head down. OPP officers and Grey County paramedics attended the scene.

Police say the man blew three times the legal limit. The driver was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while impaired and was transported to Grey Bruce OPP detachment in Chatsworth.

Eric Sample, 35 years old, of Meaford, has been charged with the following offences:

  • Operation of motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol, section 320.14(1)(a) Criminal Code of Canada (CC)

  • Operation of motor vehicle while impaired - blood alcohol concentration over 80, section 320.14(1)(b) CC

  • Driving motor vehicle with liquor readily available, section 32(1) Liquor Licence Act

The accused has been released on a Promise to Appear with a court date for Ontario Court of Justice in Owen Sound on September 5.

Grey Bruce OPP are requesting anyone with information on this investigation to call police, 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a secure web-tip at, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.