Citizens Help Capture Fleeing Impaired Driver 

(Bradford, ON) Two citizens used their vehicles to box in a fleeing SUV yesterday and then physically restrained the driver from taking off again.

On Tuesday, September 3, 2019, shortly before noon, South Simcoe Police Service officers were called to a parking lot on Holland Street West for a report of a vehicle striking a pedestrian and other parked vehicles. The suspect vehicle fled in a dangerous manner northbound on 10th Sideroad towards Highway 89.

Two witnesses boxed in the SUV at the intersection and physically restrained the driver. The witnesses were assaulted by the driver and his female passenger before police arrived. The driver was arrested for failing to stop after an accident and impaired operation. The passenger was arrested for assault. PSD Nitro, who is trained in narcotics detection, searched the suspect vehicle and located a quantity of white powder believed to be a drug.

A 29-year-old New Lowell man is charged with:

Operation While Impaired

Dangerous Operation

Failure to stop after an accident

Failure or refusal to comply with demand

Possession of drugs


Breach of recognizance

Breach of probation order

A 30-year-old New Lowell woman is charged with:

Possession of drugs

Assault (2 counts)

The accused were released with future court dates. The pedestrian that was struck was treated in hospital for minor injuries and released. The two Good Samaritans were not injured. All of the vehicles involved sustained minor damage.

Working together can help keep our communities safe. We are grateful to the two citizens who intervened and assisted in the apprehension of these suspects.

On Tuesday, September 3, 2019, South Simcoe Police Service officers responded to 76 calls for service.