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Local man gets jail time after failing to stop for conservation officer

Conservation officers have the authority to stop vehicles, boats, all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles during their regular duties
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NEWS RELEASE
MINISTRY OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND FORESTRY
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An Elliot Lake man was sentenced to jail for not stopping for a conservation officer during a snowmobile patrol. Desi Newton pleaded guilty and was sentenced to four days in jail.

Court heard that on Feb. 4, 2018, a conservation officer and OPP officer were conducting a joint snowmobile patrol on Esten Lake in the Elliot Lake area. The conservation officer attempted to stop a snowmobile travelling on the lake by activating his emergency lights and hand signals to stop.

The driver ignored the signals and drove past the officer, ignoring further hand signals to stop. Newton eventually got his snowmobile stuck in a snowbank and was subsequently arrested.

Justice of the Peace Darlene Hayden heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Elliot Lake, on Aug. 1, 2018.

The public is reminded that conservation officers have the authority to stop vehicles, boats, all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles during their regular duties to ensure compliance with hunting, fishing and public safety legislation.

To report a natural resources violation, call the MNRF TIPS line at 1-877-847-7667 toll-free any time or contact your local ministry office during regular business hours.

You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). And click here to view an interactive, searchable map of unsolved cases. You may be able to provide information that will help solve a case.

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