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News Release: September 13, 2018

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Prepared by: Corporate Communications
Posted: September 13, 2018
Occurrence Type: Seven Minute Cat and Mouse Lands Two in Custody
Occurrence #: BA18045852
Date: Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 12:00pm

On Tuesday, September 11th, 2018 just after 12:00 pm an officer on general patrol in the area of Blake Street, in the City of Barrie, attempted to stop a vehicle after it was suspected the driver had a suspended licence.  As soon as the traffic stop was initiated with police lights activated, the vehicle fled, refusing to stop.

Within four (4) minutes, the vehicle was located by police, abandoned, just over a kilometre from where the officer attempted to stop it at a residential complex on Codrington Street. A witness felt the two males exiting the vehicle appeared suspicious so when officers surrounded the vehicle in the complex parking lot, he approached police and offered them some insight in the direction the suspects fled. At this point it was also determined the vehicle they were travelling in had been reported stolen the previous day from an address in Oro-Medonte.

Officers combing the area quickly located the two (2) males walking down Codrington Street and once they saw police, one suspect began to run.  The officer was able to catch up to him and he was placed under arrest, along with his more-compliant co-accused, all within seven (7) minutes of the attempted traffic stop on Blake Street. When searched incident to arrest, the running suspect was found to be in possession of keys belonging to the stolen vehicle that they had just abandoned. While being processed, police became aware the suspect driving had ingested methamphetamine and was operating the vehicle impaired by drug. He was issued the Drug Recognition Evaluation Demand and subsequently refused to comply with the demand.

The driver, a 34-year-old Orillia man, has been charged with:

  • Flight from Police
  • Possession of Stolen Property Over $5000
  • Failure or Refusal to Comply with Demand
  • Failure to Comply with Probation Order

The passenger, a 36-year-old Severn-Township man, has been charged with:

  • Possession of Stolen Property Over $5000

Prepared by: Constable N. Rodgers #6180

Occurrence #: BA18045852