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Northern Ont. ATV driver fled police, now charged with stunt driving

Black and white photo of multiple all-terrain vehicles. (File photo/Supplied/OPP) Black and white photo of multiple all-terrain vehicles. (File photo/Supplied/OPP)
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Ontario Provincial Police in Elliot Lake caught up with an ATV driver who fled arrest last month and charged them with stunt driving, among other offences.

The incident began Jan. 30 around 1:30 a.m. when an ATV was spotted driving on Hillside Drive, “in contravention of the municipal bylaw prohibiting ATVs on roadways between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.,” the OPP said in a news release Thursday.

“Police attempted to stop the ATV, but the driver and passenger sped off in a reckless manner, spinning the tires and fish-tailing."

Video surveillance from an area business was obtained which showed the same ATV, operator and passenger and their identity was confirmed.

“The ATV was later located on Highland Place but the occupants had departed,” the release said.

But at 11:15 p.m. on Wednesday, police saw the same ATV parked at a residence on Mississauga Avenue. The suspected driver was arrested and the ATV was towed and impounded.

The 24-year-old suspect is charged with stunt driving, speeding more than 20 km/h in areas where the limit is 50 km/h, failing to drive on the shoulder, failing to stop for police, plate offences and having a passenger on a non-passenger ATV.

The accused was scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice Bail Court in Blind River on Feb. 22.

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