Thunder Bay Woman Faces Multiple Charges After Stolen Vehicle Incident

Thunder Bay Police

Police Respond to Late-Night Disturbance and Assault

A woman faces several charges following a series of events involving a stolen vehicle and subsequent disturbances in Thunder Bay on Thursday, June 20.

Incident Overview

Thunder Bay Police Service officers from the Primary Response Branch were dispatched to the 600 block of James Street North just before 11 p.m. in response to a report of a stolen vehicle. Shortly thereafter, a 911 call reported a vehicle matching the description in the parking lot of the Limbrick Street complex, where the suspect was causing a disturbance.

Escalation and Assault

According to witnesses, the suspect became aggressive when asked by a resident to be quiet, attempting to assault the individual. The situation escalated further when the suspect drove the vehicle towards the resident, pinning them against a parked car. The suspect then fled the scene, pursued by witnesses.

One witness managed to catch up to the vehicle, but the suspect assaulted this individual when the vehicle stopped. Police arrived on the scene, arrested the suspect, and transported her to the hospital.

Charges and Court Appearance

Joanne Beardy, 31, has been charged with multiple offenses, including:

  • Dangerous Operation of a Vehicle
  • Assault
  • Operation of a Vehicle while Prohibited
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime over $5,000
  • Theft of Motor Vehicle
  • Mischief under $5,000
  • Failure to Stop after an Accident
  • Assault with a Weapon (2 counts)

Beardy appeared in court on Friday and has been remanded into custody pending a future court appearance.

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