THUNDER BAY – A Toronto man tried outrunning the Ontario Provincial Police and failed. Chris RICH of Toronto is now in custody and faces a number of charges including Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle, and Driving While Under Suspension.
The OPP provide some of the background, “On the 28th of May 2020 at around midnight an officer with the Nipigon OPP attempted to stop an eastbound motor vehicle for a traffic offence”.
The vehicle pulled over and then headed westbound at a high rate of speed. The vehicle was determined to be stolen from Thunder Bay. Officers of the Thunder Bay OPP set up alternate stopping measures in the Shuniah area of Highway 11/17.
The motor vehicle was successfully spike belted near McGregor Rd but continued to drive on its rims to the Balsam St area where it was forced from the roadway.
The lone occupant then exited the vehicle and fled on foot. Officers pursued on foot and the male was arrested after a conducted energy weapon (TASER) was used to bring him into custody.
Two police cruisers were damaged as a result of the incident.
Chris RICH, 31 of Toronto is currently in custody awaiting a bail hearing. He is charged with;
- Dangerous operation S.320.13(1) Criminal Code
- Flight from Police. S.320.17 CC
- Possession of Property obtained by Crime over $5,000 S.355(a) CC
- Resist peace officer S.129(a)CC
- Driving while under suspension S.53(1) Highway Traffic Act
None of the charges have been proven in court.