Lambton OPP officer faces charges after ATV accident



A Lambton OPP officer is facing charges of obstructing police, perjury and obstructing justice after an ATV accident in Dawn-Euphemia in June.

The Special Investigations Unit laid the charges after a seven month investigation into the incident that sent a 24 year old man to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

In June, the OPP in a news release said around 8:30 pm June 22, OPP saw a vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed eastbound on Bilton Line in Dawn-Euphemia. The OPP looked around and discovered an ATV rolled over into the south ditch and the operator lying on the road.

The Dawn-Euphemia Fire Department and paramedics were called to the scene to help with the victim.

After the 24 year-old had been taken to hospital, the OPP Technical Traffic Collision Investigators were called to Bilton Line.

The Special Investigations Unit was then called in and on Friday said it had arrested and charged OPP Const. Sean Coughlan from the Lambton detachment.

Coughlan faces charges of criminal negligence causing bodily harm, obstructing a peace officer, two counts of perjury and two counts of obstructing justice.

Coughlan was in court and released on bail.

He will be back to court in Sarnia Feb. 28 to answer to the charges.