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Baseball bat-swinging truck driver arrested in Hwy. 17 road rage incident

'The pick-up truck driver had a baseball bat in hand walked aggressively towards the complainant. The driver was swinging the bat and banging it on the ground'
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Espanola OPP have arrested a 42-year-old pickup truck driver after a scary road rage event on Highway 17 in the Township of North Shores.

On Saturday morning OPP were called about a vehicle driving erratically on Highway 17.

Police say a motorist was travelling eastbound on 17 and had passed a pick-up truck. 

"The driver of the pick-up truck then began tailgating the complainant and driving in a dangerous manner," says Constable Bev Gauthier. "A short time later the pick-up truck driver parked in the middle of the highway and both drivers exited their vehicles. The pick-up truck driver had a baseball bat in hand and walked aggressively towards the complainant. The driver was swinging the bat and banging it on the ground while approaching the complainant."

Later that morning Manitoulin OPP found the driver of the pick-up truck in a restaurant parking lot at the junction of Highways 17 and 6. Police learned the driver was under previous release conditions.

As a result, the Penticton, British Columbia resident was charged with:

  • Assault with a weapon
  • Fail to comply with a probation order

The suspect is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Elliot Lake on March 3