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Drone and dogs track down Sudbury teen who fled police on motorcycle

Eighteen-year-old facing a raft of charges, including stunt driving and having no insurance

An eighteen-year-old motorcycle rider is facing a host of charges after police say he led officers on a high-speed chase and hid in the bush, trying to escape arrest.

West Nipissing OPP reported that on Aug. 22 at 10:15 a.m. officers clocked a motorcycle travelling in excess of 170 km/h on Highway 17 in Verner. They attempted to pull the driver over, but he fled, police said.

“Officers continued to patrol the area and subsequently located the motorcycle, abandoned at the dead-end of Leclair Road in Verner,” OPP said.

Undeterred, the OPP searched for the rider using its Emergency Response Team, canine unit and a drone. It didn’t take them long to find him. At 11:35 a.m., OPP said the canine unit found the teen hiding in the bush and arrested him. The driver was not injured, police said.

Now, the 18-year-old driver faces numerous charges, including failing to stop for police, stunt driving, careless driving, using a plate not authorized for the vehicle, failing to get a new permit after buying a vehicle and operating a motor vehicle without a licence.

The accused is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Sturgeon Falls on Oct. 26.