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GSPS seize $15K in drugs after erratic driving incident

Abandoned vehicle was impounded and searched, but driver still has not been located

A GSPS patrol officer was able to seize more than $15,000 in drugs after witnessing an aggressive driving incident in downtown Sudbury.

At approximately 1:45 p.m. on June 19, a patrol officer was in the area of Elgin Street and Ste. Anne Road in downtown Sudbury when he saw a 2013 four-door, grey Volkswagen Jetta being driven in an erratic manner. 

The officer began to strategically follow the vehicle in order to avoid a pursuit, as he believed that the driver would attempt to flee from police, states a GSPS press release. 

“As the Officer approached the intersection of Patterson Street at College Street, he was waved down by two pedestrians who described the same vehicle, as it had almost struck them and another vehicle that was passing through the intersection,” reads the release.  

“The pedestrians last saw the vehicle travelling down Ghandi Lane at a high rate of speed before losing sight of it. The officer located the unoccupied vehicle parked in a driveway on Bloor Street.” 

The officer was approached by a community member who told him that the vehicle had been driven over the lawn, almost striking a residence before it struck a large manhole, causing damage to the vehicle. 

The driver of the vehicle was then seen fleeing the scene on foot. 

Due to the erratic and aggressive manner in which the vehicle had been driven and the possibility that the driver — who still had the keys to the vehicle — could be impaired and may return, the vehicle was towed to the impound lot. 

Based on the investigation, the officer was granted a search warrant for the vehicle. 

On June 21, the officer executed the search warrant, locating and seizing a loaded handgun, over 87 grams of cocaine, 17 grams of fentanyl, packaging material, a scale and additional drug trafficking items. 

The individual driving the vehicle at the time of the incident is still outstanding and anyone with information related to the incident or the identity of the driver is asked to contact police at 705-675-9171.