What began as a driving complaint ended with the arrest of two wanted individuals across South Western and parts of Eastern Ontario.
A 19 year old originally from the Saugeen Shores area and a 22 year old who hails from the Cornwall region will be appearing before video court today. (both currently of no fixed address)
The man and woman face a total of 16 charges including possession of a stolen pick up truck as well as possession of a fully loaded sawed off shotgun.
Police Chief Chris Knoll says it all began Friday morning when police received a complaint that a pick-up truck was driving aggressively in a parking lot in the 700 block of 10th Avenue. (7:20 am)
Upon arrival the truck was gone, however later that day an officer noticed a truck that matched the description of the earlier complaint sitting in the very same parking lot shortly after 1 pm.
The officer was able to determine the pick up truck was stolen from the Perth County OPP jurisdiction.
Thanks to the help of a witness, the suspects were identified and located a short distance away from the stolen truck.
After a brief struggle officers took the first suspect into custody with the assistance of a Hanover resident who came to the aid of the officer. (Estabrooks arrest)
The other suspect was arrested without incident.
Police Chief Chris Knoll says a search of the stolen truck revealed a full loaded 12 gauge sawed off shotgun located in the front seat along with several other rounds of shotgun shells.
19 years old Lennon Daniel Estabrooks currently of no fixed address has been charged with 8 criminal offences including possession of the stolen pick-up truck, possession of the sawed off shotgun and resisting arrest.
22 year old Raven Pelkey-Laughing currently of no fixed address also faces 8 criminal offences including possession of a stolen pick-up truck, possession of the sawed off shotgun and breach of probation.
Further investigation has determined that these suspects are wanted by Police Services in several jurisdictions of South Western Ontario as well as parts of Eastern Ontario.
As for this case, Knoll says he is incredibly thankful the suspects were not in the truck at the time of the arrest where they would have had easy access to the fully loaded sawed off shot gun.
Knoll says this just goes to show that police officers never know what situation they are going to come across which is why thye must always be alert and ready.
Knoll adds a special thanks goes out to the Hanover resident who assisted with the arrest.
This is the second time in the last few weeks where a Hanover resident has come to the aide of an officer who was actively attempting to arrest a suspect that was struggling.