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Motorcyclist accused of speeding, fleeing from police near Nairn Centre

It is alleged that he turned onto a dead-end road, drove through the bush, and proceeded to flee on foot when the bush became too dense
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SUDBURY - On Aug. 31, 2019 at approximately 8:45 a.m., members of the Manitoulin (Espanola) Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were stationary on Highway 17, east of Nairn Centre, in the City of Greater Sudbury when they observed an eastbound motorcycle travelling at a high rate of speed and driving erratically. The driver accelerated rapidly upon seeing the police vehicle and continued to drive dangerously as the officer tried to catch up to it.

The officer lost sight of the motorcycle and requested assistance from officers of the Sudbury OPP detachment. Shortly thereafter, the motorcycle was observed turning onto a dead-end road off of Highway 17. The officer subsequently observed the motorcycle and attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but the motorcycle failed to stop. 

The driver continued to flee, driving through the bush. When the bush became too dense, the driver stopped and fled on foot.  

Officers immediately conducted containment of the area. The OPP Canine Unit (K9) and OPP Emergency Response Team (ERT) were deployed to assist. At 10:10 a.m., officers observed the suspect and he was arrested.

As a result of police investigation, the driver, Timothy McMinn, age 48, from Stouffville, Ontario was charged with the following:

  • Dangerous operation, contrary to section 320.13(1) of the Criminal Code (CC);
  • Fail to stop for police, contrary to section 216(1) of the Highway Traffic Act (HTA);
  • Use plate not authorized for vehicle, contrary to section 12(1)(d) of the HTA;
  • Drive while under suspension, contrary to section 53(1); and
  • Operate motor vehicle without insurance, contrary to section 2(1)(a) of the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act

The accused is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Sudbury on Oct. 9, 2019.