A 48-year-old man is facing numerous charges after taking police on a one-hour chase across regional roads and provincial highways, covering more than 100 km.
On Sept. 4, at approximately 10:15 p.m., police were called to a suspicious vehicle that entered the Owasco RV compound on Rundle Road in Clarington.
Durham police helicopter Air1 located the suspicious Ford F-350 pickup truck situated between several RV’s. As a police vehicle approached the truck, the suspect fled at a high rate of speed on Rundle Road.
The truck was confirmed to be a stolen vehicle from the Kingston area.
Air1 strategically followed the vehicle, allowing ground units to follow from a safe distance. The driver drove through residential and commercial areas in Bowmanville before merging onto Highway 401 westbound.
The suspect vehicle exited at Brock Street in Whitby and drove at a high rate of speed in residential areas. It then went back onto Highway 401 eastbound and exited at Bowmanville Avenue and north on Highway 57.
Police were able to deploy a stop stick to deflate the vehicle’s tires and it eventually came to a stop on the westbound lanes of Highway 7.
The suspect was arrested without incident, and a loaded firearm was recovered in the vehicle.
A 48-year-old man of Balsam Lake Road in City of Kawartha Lakes faces a slew of charges including possession of a controlled substance, driving while suspended and firearm-related charges.
Anyone with new information is asked to contact Cst. O’Connor at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 2087.