THUNDER BAY – NEWS – The Ontario Provincial Police report that two drivers in separate instances have been charged with Stunt Driving. The incidents happened on Highway 11/17 within Thunder Bay City limits. Police stated in a media statement, “On Tuesday, January 19, 2016, officers from the OPP North West Region Highway Safety Divison (HSD) charged two drivers, in two separate incidents, with Stunt Driving.
“At approximately 11:40AM EST an officer was on patrol on Highway 11/17 within the Thunder Bay City limits, in the area of the Terry Fox Lookout when he observed the driver of a Toyota Tundra approaching at a high rate of speed.
“The driver was observed to be in excess of 145 km/hr in a posted 90 km/hr zone.
“The officer stopped the vehicle and charged the 78 year old male driver from Shuniah with Drive Motor Vehicle – Perform Stunt – Speeding by 50 or more km/hr contrary to the Highway Traffic Act.”
Then at 11:47AM EST, a second officer was east bound on Highway 11/17 in the same area when he observed a west bound Audi approach at a high rate of speed. The driver was observed to be in excess of 150 km/hr in a posted 90 km/hr zone.
The officer advised the other officer near the Terry Fox Lookout of this information and requested he stop the driver of the Audi, to which he did.
While the first officer was dealing with the driver of the Toyota Tundra, the driver of the Audi fled the traffic stop and continued west bound. The second officer was approaching the vehicles that were stopped and observed the Audi leaving. The officer attempted to stop the driver of the Audi. The driver exited onto the Hodder Avenue off ramp, approached the intersection, drove into a snowbank, lost control on Copenhagen Road and entered the ditch.
A 19 year old male driver, from Shuniah, was charged with:
- Drive Motor Vehicle – Perform Stunt – Speeding by 50 or more km/hr,
- Fail to Stop When Signalled or Requested by Police Officer,
- Careless Driving, all contrary to the Highway Traffic Act, as well as,
- Drive Motor Vehicle – No Insurance contrary to the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act.
Both drivers received seven day licence suspensions, as well, their vehicles were towed and impounded for seven days.