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Man who drove ATV dangerously on Hwy. 144 arrested after vehicle stalls

He also did donuts in a gas station parking lot, throwing stones at police carĀ 

A 23-year-old man who allegedly drove his ATV dangerously on Highway 144 in between Chelmsford and Dowling Monday afternoon is facing a charge.

At around 1:40 p.m. Sept. 16, Greater Sudbury Police received multiple calls about a yellow ATV being driven dangerously.

The driver was seen driving the ATV along the yellow line of the centre turning lane, passing school buses and tractor trailers while driving around 100 km/hr in a 60 km/hr zone.

Upon seeing a police cruiser, the ATV driver did a U-turn, trying to engage officers in a pursuit.

The driver eventually pulled into the parking lot of a gas station on Highway 144 where a cruiser was parked and started doing donuts to intentionally throw stones at the squad car. 

The driver then tried to peel out of the parking lot, but his ATV stalled. A few community members who witnessed the incident ran to stop the man from starting his ATV and the officer on scene placed him under arrest.

The suspect, a 23-year-old Dowling man, has been charged with dangerous operation as well as several Highway Traffic Act offences, including operating an ATV with no licence plate or insurance.

The ATV is being held on a 45-day impound.

The suspect was held in police custody and attended bail court Tuesday morning.

Greater Sudbury Police thanked the community members who assisted the officer before the man was arrested, as well as those who called in to provide information on the location of the ATV.