Pursuit Leads to Long List of Charges

(Innisfil, ON) A 39-year-old Barrie man faces a long list of charges following a police pursuit that started in Innisfil and ended in Bradford.

On Monday, April 6, 2020, around 4:30 p.m., a South Simcoe Police Service officer attempted to stop a vehicle for a licence plate infraction on County Road 89 west of County Road 4. The vehicle sped off at a high rate of speed confirmed to be 140 km/h in a posted 60 zone. A pursuit was initiated but was subsequently terminated for public safety. The suspect vehicle continued at a high rate of speed south through Innisfil, disobeying a stop sign as it travelled into Bradford. The vehicle lost control on the 12th Line, left the road and wound up on Metrolinx tracks. The male suspect fled on foot down the tracks but citizen bystanders assisted police by keeping the suspect in sight until additional units could respond. PSD Nitro conducted a track through a wooded area where he located and apprehended the suspect. The suspect was transported to hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

39-year-old James Canning of Barrie is facing 17 charges:

9 Criminal Code Charges

Flight from police

Dangerous Operation

Operation while prohibited

Possession of break in instruments

Failure to comply with release order (4 counts)

Possession of  drugs (suspected Crystal Methamphetamine)

8 Provincial Charges including:

Driving while under suspension

Stunt Driving


Drive motor vehicle, no currently validated permit

Disobey stop sign

Fail to remain

The accused was held for a bail hearing.

Thank you to the citizens who acted as eyes and ears for police during this serious incident. Even in the midst of a pandemic, our residents step up to help make our communities safer for everyone.