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Men who fled OPP captured west of the city, police report

Dog and Emergency Response Team help locate fleeing West Nipissing man

A man police said had fled a traffic stop in West Nipissing late Thursday night or early Friday morning was captured that same night in Sables-Spanish Rivers township, Manitoulin OPP report.

The trouble began in West Nipissing either late on Nov. 17 or early Nov. 18 (OPP didn’t specify the time) when police attempted to pull over a vehicle, but the driver sped away rather than stopping. 

At around 4 a.m. on Nov. 18, Manitoulin OPP (Espanola detachment) found a vehicle abandoned on the side of Highway 17 in Sables-Spanish River Township (which runs from just passed the turnoff to Highway 6 to just east of Spanish) — the same vehicle that refused to stop for police earlier, OPP reports.

“A short time later, OPP received a call regarding a suspicious person in the area,” OPP said. “Police attended and the person fled on foot into a wooded area.”

The OPP dispatched the Emergency Response Team and the Canine Unit to the area to assist in the search. The man was located a short time later, police said.

The man, a 46-year-old from West Nipissing, was arrested and charged with flight from a peace officer and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

He is to appear in the North Bay Court of Justice on Nov. 29 to answer to the charges.