(MUNICIPALITY OF HURON SHORES, ON) – On April 12, 2021, members from the East Algoma Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), a member from the OPP’s Sault Ste Marie Highway Safety Division (HSD) and OPP’s Northeast Canine Unit and the handler’s General Service Dog Ottis responded to two traffic complaints of a westbound vehicle passing dangerously and travelling at an excessive high rate of speed on Highway 17 near the Town of Massey.
At approximately 7:43 a.m., police observed the suspect vehicle travelling westbound on Highway 17, east of the Town of Blind River. The vehicle was locked in at a speed of 191 km/hr in a posted 90 km/hr zone and passed a fully marked police cruiser with its emergency lights activated and failed to stop for the officer.
The suspect vehicle made attempts to avoid police and at approximately 9:15 a.m., a spike belt was successfully deployed on Highway 17 in the Municipality of Huron Shores (east of the Town of Thessalon) and eventually came to a stop due to tire damage. The driver exited the vehicle ran into a wooded area. A foot chase ensued with officers arresting the driver.
As a result of the investigation, Abdul SOLAIMANKHIL, 21 years-of-age from Oakville was charged with:
- Dangerous Operation, contrary to section 320.13(1) of the Criminal Code (CC);
- Flight from Peace Officer, contrary to section 320.17 of the CC;
- Race Motor Vehicle-Excessive Speed, contrary to section 172(1) of the Highway Traffic Act (HTA); and with
- Driving While Under Suspension, contrary to section 53(1) of the HTA (three counts).
The accused appeared before the Ontario Court of Justice Video Bail in Blind River on April 13, 2021 and was released by way of Release Order.