Friday, March 07, 2008

OPP Report on our Bad Guy


On March 4, 2008 at approximately 4:45 pm Huron OPP officers were advised that a 2007 Chevrolet pickup truck that had been left running in front of a business in Exeter had just been stolen. Officers were also advised that the vehicle was equipped with "OnStar". With assistance from OnStar, it was determined that the vehicle was in Mitchell and traveling south. Officers located the suspect in the stolen vehicle but the driver refused to stop for police and fled. Officers followed until called off due to concerns for public safety. While continuing to work with OnStar, it was determined that the vehicle was stopped in Huron East on a side road. Officers arrived on scene within minutes, but the suspect had fled on foot. At that time the suspect was able to evade officers including the canine unit.

At approximately 12:30 am on March 5, 2008 police were advised of a second stolen pickup truck from Huron East. The owner saw the vehicle being driven out of his driveway. The truck owner called OPP and followed the stolen truck in another vehicle. Police intercepted and once again, the suspect failed to stop for police when the emergency lights were activated. On London Road, south of Clinton, the spike belt was deployed on the stolen vehicle causing progressive tire deflation. The suspect stopped the truck and fled again on foot. Officers, including the OPP canine unit, contained and began searching the area. The suspect was located hiding in a farm vehicle at a nearby residence. It was confirmed that the male located hiding at the residence was the same male who had fled from police on the prior evening.

The male was arrested and taken to hospital for treatment of environmental exposure. A 22-year-old male from Oneida has been held in police custody pending a bail hearing on March 5. He is facing two counts of Drive Disqualified, two counts of Flight from Police Officer, two counts of Trespass by Night, one count of Theft Motor Vehicle Under $5000 and one count of Possession of Property Obtained by Crime over $5000.

Well, there you really happened! I thank God that no one was injured in the event.

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