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More charges for the man implicated in stolen police cruiser incident

The 20 year old man who is being charged after stealing a cop car is also facing a slew of other charges.

The Black River-Matheson man allegedly led police on a high speed chase around midnight on Friday, before stealing the cruiser.

OPP Constable Gillian Coughlin says officers tried to pull him over on Friday. After he didn’t stop for the police, they tracked him down at the Wahgoshig Reserve.

He was then arrested, hit with seven charges including dangerous driving, and released.

He then allegedly stole the cruiser the next day.

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Police tracked him down again, put him in custody, and he is now out on bail.

The charges for the first incident of not stopping for the OPP are:

  • Flight From Police as per section 249.1 (1) of the Criminal Code of Canada (CCC);
  • Dangerous Driving as per section 249 (1)(a) CCC;
  • Racing a Motor Vehicle as per section 172 (1) of the Highway Traffic Act (HTA);
  • Use Plate Unauthorized as per section 12(1)(d) of the HTA;
  • Owner Fail to Surrender Permit as per section 7(5)(a) of the HTA;
  • Own or Operate No Insurance as per section 2(1)(a) of the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act (CAIA), and with
  • Fail to Surrender Insurance Card as per section 3(1) CAIA.

The charges for the second incident of stealing a police cruiser are:

  • Break, Enter a place as per section 348(1)(b) of the Criminal Code (CC);
  • Theft Over $5,000 of a Motor Vehicle as per section 334(a) of the CC;
  • Theft Under $5000 as per section 334(b) of the CC (2 counts);
  • Resist Peace Officer as per section 129(a) of the CC; and with
  • Driving while under suspension as per section 53(1) of the Highway Traffic Act.

He is set to appear in a Timmins court in May.

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