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Man Charged After Allegedly Making Threats, Driving Dangerously, Fleeing OPP

Saugeen First Nation | by Claire McCormack  

OPP say when they tried to stop the man's car with a spike belt, he drove into a field.

Grey Bruce OPP have charged a man who allegedly threatened people with a knife and fled from police while driving dangerously around Saugeen First Nation.

OPP say just before 1 Sunday afternoon (July 5th) they were called about a person driving a blue car around the community at a high speed in a dangerous and aggressive manner.   

According to police, witnesses told them the driver was running stop signs and having a 'complete disregard' for the safety of local pedestrians and cyclists.

The driver allegedly displayed an edged weapon at other drivers and pedestrians. They say he also displayed a knife to a cyclist and threatened them.

Officers say they tried to stop the car on Highway 21 while in their marked police cruiser with emergency equipment activated.

They say the driver stopped his car, got out of it with an edged weapon, had a verbal exchange with police, then got back in the car, made a U-turn and drove off.

OPP say they used a tire deflation device in front of the vehicle while it was westbound on Highway 21.

They say the driver tried to avoid the device and went into the ditch, crossed two fence lines and drove about 500 metres across a farmer's planted field, coming to a stop in a swampy wooded area.

According to OPP, the driver then fled on foot with an edged weapon.

Police say they were able to negotiate with the driver who dropped the weapon and was arrested.

Grey Bruce OPP have charged a 48 year old local man with the following offences:

Uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm, Assault with a weapon, Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, Flight from police, Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose,

OPP say the man was released on an Undertaking and is scheduled to appear in Ontario Court of Justice in Walkerton on September 23rd.


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