SE OPP Wawa – Wawa Resident Charged after Altercation with Officers

On June 17, 2020, at approximately 10:00 p.m., members of the Superior East Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) attended a residence in Wawa to speak with a person regarding an unrelated call for service.

Upon police arrival, the individual was extremely agitated and confrontational with officers. Officers were able to gain control of the individual after a brief physical altercation. No injuries were sustained by anyone involved.

As a result of the incident, Preston PLANTE, 23 years-of-age, from Wawa, was arrested and charged with the following:

  • Assault a Peace Officer, contrary to section 270(1)(a) of the Criminal Code (CC) (Two Counts), and
  • Uttering Threats – Cause death or Bodily Harm, contrary to section 264.1(1)(a) of the CC.

The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on August 10, 2020, in Wawa.


  1. I’m ok guys, just going through lots. Apologies to the opp for throwing the chair and attacking them. It was not your fault, I lost my mind. I’ll be okay, guys!

    • Brenda Stockton

      Editor’s Note: Glad you are okay Preston! Thank you for letting my readers know!!

  2. Funny how quick my son’s name is plastered all over the internet but there’s no mention about his mental illness but people without issues Their identities are kept hidden! There’s seems to be a problem with the system. Thanks for making things worse for him.

    • It is confusing. I understand protecting identity with respect to children or domestic violence, but there doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason otherwise. Sometimes people are identified and sometimes they are not.

    • I asked the local detachment what the policy was with respect to using names. I received the following very quickly.
      “The OPP has a Standard Operating Procedure in place for all media trained members that sets out parameters that allow or prohibit the use of names in media releases.

      You are correct in saying that we do not release the names of accused parties in domestic disputes that result in criminal charges. There are other cases in such as young offenders where we would also refrain from utilizing names. The other more common case is if by releasing the name of an accused party for a sexual type incident, the victim becomes identifiable.”

      I hope this helps