(Innisfil, ON) A 30-year-old Everett man is facing several charges following a police pursuit in Innisfil.

On Saturday, March 9, 2019 around 8:30 a.m., a South Simcoe Police Service officer observed a vehicle exit a parking lot in Stroud at a high rate of speed with a woman in the back seat and door open. The officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop but the male driver sped away. A vehicle pursuit ensued but was called off for safety reasons. Barrie Police Service was asked to keep a look out for the suspect vehicle. Shortly thereafter, South Simcoe Police Service located the suspect vehicle abandoned at Georgian Downs.

A woman who was determined to have been in the back seat of the vehicle was subsequently located on foot by Barrie Police nearby. This led to the apprehension of a male suspect and an 8-year-old child hiding in an out building on a nearby property. Police learned that the child had also been in the fleeing vehicle. Investigation revealed this to a domestic violence-related incident.

The man was arrested and transported to South Division where he was charged with the following offences:

Dangerous Operation (two counts)

Flight while pursued by a police officer

Operation while prohibited (two counts)

Forcible confinement

The accused was held for a bail hearing. The woman and the child were not physically injured.

Impaired Driving 

(Bradford, ON) A 24-year-old Mount Albert man is charged with Operation While Impaired following a vehicle stop in Bradford.

On Sunday, March 10, 2019 around 10:00 p.m., a South Simcoe Police Service officer observed a vehicle with no lights on exiting a parking lot on Holland Street West near Drury Street. The officer pulled the vehicle over and spoke to the man who was driving. An odour of alcohol was detected and a roadside screening test was conducted. After a fail was registered, the man was arrested for impaired driving and transported to South Division for further testing. Results indicated readings of well over the legal limit. The man’s licence was suspended for 90 days and his vehicle impounded for seven days.

We are committed to road safety and removing impaired drivers from our roads is a top priority. We implore our residents and visitors to our communities to make safe choices if planning to consume alcohol or cannabis. Impaired driving is the leading criminal cause of injury or death in Canada.

From Friday, March 8, 2019 to Monday, March 11, 2019, South Simcoe Police Service officers responded to 224 calls for service.