Pair that allegedly evaded police in Wawa turned themselves in Wednesday
The Ontario Provincial Police say two people that were subject of a search in the Wawa area have been arrested after turning themselves in. (File)
SUDBURY -- The Ontario Provincial Police say two people that were subject of a search in the Wawa area have been arrested after turning themselves in.
Officers responded to a traffic complaint about a vehicle headed north on Highway 17 south of Wawa Tuesday morning around 9 a.m. The black sedan was reportedly speeding and passing unsafely and police say the occupants were suspected in a Thessalon gas theft.
Police found the vehicle on the highway near Red Rock Lake in Lake Superior Provincial Park around 11:15 a.m., but were not able to stop the car despite using spike belts.
A short while later the accused approached an off-duty OPP sergeant on Steephill Dam Road north of Wawa for gas. On-duty officers were notified and the vehicle was found stuck with the two people attempting to free it. That is when they fled from police on foot into the surrounding wooded area.
The canine unit and emergency response team were called in to assist and the search continued through the night.
At 8 a.m. Wednesday, the two accused surrendered themselves and were subsequently arrested.
They are both facing several criminal charges, but have not been detailed yet by OPP.
Ontario Provincial Police are warning drivers to not pick up hitchhikers in the Wawa area in a tweet Wednesday morning, as a search for a man and woman who reportedly fled from officers continues.
There were very few details available about the incident that led to the search, at the time of publication.
Police from the Superior East detachment say the pair allegedly fled from police Tuesday morning around the Steephill Dam Road area.
"The OPP are asking the public to avoid picking up any hitchhikers on Highway 17 and Highway 101 in the Wawa area," said the tweet at 7:28 a.m. July 15.
It is unclear if there are any charges against the two suspects.
Police have not provided a description of either of the two people.
CTV News has reached out to OPP for answers and is waiting for a response.
More details to come as they become available. Check back for updates.