Media Release. Friday, July 2, 2021.

ATV Driver Charged Following Pursuit

(Innisfil, ON)  An 18-year-old Innisfil man is facing numerous charges following a police pursuit involving an ATV.
On Thursday, July 1, 2021, at approximately 5:30 p.m., South Simcoe Police Service officers responded to an ongoing ATV complaint at the 7th Line and Webster Boulevard in Innisfil. Police receive ongoing reports of youths and adults trespassing on the private property, causing damage to the property and creating unnecessary noise.
Officers on two SSPS ATVs arrived on scene and observed three ATVs and one dirt bike on a trail approaching police. Two of the ATVs and the dirt bike stopped for officers but one of the ATVs accelerated from the scene at a high rate of speed. The suspect ATV exited the private property and continued at high speed westbound on Jans Boulevard. One of the officers pursued the suspect ATV but the pursuit was terminated due to public safety as by this time, the suspect ATV was at a busy intersection and there were several people walking on sidewalks. A suspect was subsequently identified and located.

As a result of the investigation, 18-year-old Layshawn Francis of Innisfil was charged with the following:

Dangerous operation
Flight from police
Stunt driving
Speeding 105 km/h in posted 50 zone
Operate motor vehicle no insurance
G1 licence holder – unaccompanied by qualified driver
Drive motor vehicle – no plates
Enter premises when entry prohibited

The accused’s licence was suspended for seven days and under new stunt driving laws, the ATV was impounded for 14 days.
The investigation into this incident is ongoing and provincial offence notices are pending against the other riders.

Our “Know Where You Can Go” campaign urges off-road vehicle riders to respect private property, obey the rules of the road and ride safely. If you don’t have permission to be on someone’s land, you are trespassing. Police will be conducting enforcement to ensure riders obey the rules and respect property owners’ right to peace, quiet and privacy.

Impaired Driving

(Bradford, ON) On Wednesday, June 30, 2021, at approximately 9:30 p.m., South Simcoe Police Service officers responded to a report of a suspected impaired driver that had exited Highway 400 at County Road 88 in Bradford. Officers attended an address in the Holland Street West and Langford Boulevard area and made an arrest.

As a result of the investigation, 49-year-old Paulo Avelar of Bradford was charged with Operation While Impaired and Operation While Impaired – Excess Blood Alcohol.
His licence was suspended for 90 days and his vehicle impounded for seven days. He was released with a future court date.

Drive sober or don’t drive. Everyone has a responsibility to keep our roads safe. Please continue to work with us by calling 911 to report suspected impaired drivers.

Assault with a Weapon/Assault Cause Bodily Harm

(Innisfil, ON)  On Thursday, July 1, 2021, at 2:20 a.m., South Simcoe Police Service officers were called to a report of an injured man laying in the middle of Innisfil Beach Road near St. Johns Road in Innisfil. Upon arrival, police located a 63-year-old man with an injury to his arm. The investigation determined that the man was assaulted with a bottle during a dispute.

As a result of the investigation, 63-year-old Scott Wallace of Innisfil was charged with Assault with a Weapon and Assault Causing Bodily Harm. He was released with a future court date.

On Thursday, July 1, 2021, the South Simcoe Police Service responded to 75 calls for service.