Tuesday, April 20, 2021

OPP: Driver charged after travelling the wrong way on the 401, evading police

Chatham-Kent OPP officials allege: On March 2, 2021 at approximately 12:45 p.m., an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer from the Chatham-Kent Detachment was conducting radar on Highway 401 near Tilbury when a vehicle was observed travelling at a high rate of speed in a dangerous manner.

The vehicle had been the subject of earlier traffic complaints.

In an attempt to evade police, the vehicle driver maneuvered the vehicle to drive the wrong way on Highway 401 travelling eastbound in the westbound lanes.

The vehicle exited the highway and was observed a short time later by members of Essex County OPP, who deployed a tire deflation device and brought the vehicle to a stop on County Road 42 in Lakeshore.

The driver fled on foot.

Members of Chatham-Kent and Essex patrol, Emergency Response Team (ERT) members and Canine Services attended and brought the suspect into custody without incident.

A 19-year-old London man has been charged with:

– Dangerous Driving,

– Mischief and

– Flight from Police (2 counts) under the Criminal Code of Canada.

The matter is scheduled to be heard in the Ontario Court of Justice, Chatham-Kent on April 16, 2021.

Anyone person with information about this matter or any other is asked to contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit an anonymous tip at www.helpsolvecrime.com where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2000.

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