Police nab ‘erratic’ driver after a wild ride

The SUV was found abandoned in a private parking lot

Barrie police are thanking the public for the information they shared which assisted them in tracking a motorist who was reported to be driving erratically.

On Tuesday afternoon, police received a number of calls about an SUV in the area of Dunlop Street West and Hart Drive that was believed to be responsible for several fail-to-remain collisions. Officers determined there had been only one collision at that intersection when the SUV struck two pick-up trucks that were travelling in the opposite direction.

The poor driving habits continued to catch the attention of motorists who contacted police to report the location of the motorist.

Officers zeroed in on Bayfield and Wellington Streets where police say the eastbound vehicle blew through a red light at the intersection, narrowly missing a cruiser. Police lost sight of the SUV in the area of Wellington and St. Vincent Streets.

Later in the afternoon, police were contacted about an abandoned vehicle in a private parking lot behind a business on Owen Street. Officers determined that was the SUV wanted earlier in the day.

On Thursday, a 26-year-old with no fixed address was arrested and charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and fail to stop for an accident. He was held for a bail hearing and remanded into custody.