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Driver charged after fleeing police, leaving cocaine behind

Police say the driver fled in a dangerous manner, 'almost causing the truck to roll, and almost hitting numerous kids walking'
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On Sept. 18, 2022 at approximately 1:30 p.m., the East Algoma Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) arrested a person in relation to a previous fail to stop for police occurrence which ended on Birch Road in Elliot Lake.

On Sept. 7, 2022, police were called to a disturbance on Willoughby Road. Two people had departed in a pickup truck prior to police arrival.

The pickup truck was observed on Hillside Drive North operating at a high rate of speed in a dangerous manner, on several occasions taking corners so fast, almost causing the truck to roll, and almost hitting numerous kids walking.

Police located the pickup truck abandoned on the front lawn of a residence on Birch Road. The driver and passenger had fled on foot but were later identified by police. The pickup truck was towed and suspected cocaine was located inside.

Peter Squires, 30 years old of Elliot Lake, was charged with:
    •    Dangerous operation, contrary to section 320.13(1) of the Criminal Code
    •    Possession of a schedule I substance - cocaine, contrary to section 4(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
    •    Driving while under suspension, contrary to section 53(1) of the Highway Traffic Act

The accused was scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice Bail Court in Blind River on Sept. 19, 2021.