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Published August 22, 2023

Not such a great escape for suspected impaired driver

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It was not the great escape a motorist might have thought it to be after the driver managed to weave a vehicle through traffic and onto southbound Highway 400.

This started when Barrie Police were alerted about a possible impaired driver who was leaving a Bayfield Street fast food restaurant on Monday night.

"As police were arriving on scene, the involved motor vehicle was observed exiting a parking lot, south of Cundles Road West, and travelling southbound on Bayfield Street," police said in a news release on Tuesday. "An attempt was made to safely stop the fleeing motor vehicle, but the driver was able to swerve through traffic and enter the southbound lanes of Highway 400. In the interest of public safety, and concerned by manner in which the vehicle was being operated, police stopped following the vehicle."

Police did their homework and learned the vehicle was stolen, and the driver was at a Newmarket address.

York Regional Police dropped by the residence and arrested the driver.

A 27-year-old from Port McNicoll was charged with the following:

  • Drive motor vehicle, no plates
  • Flight from peace officer
  • Operation while prohibited
  • Drive while under suspension 
  • Failure to comply with release order
  • Theft of motor vehicle.

He has been held in custody and is scheduled to make a video court appearance on Tuesday.

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