PERTH COUNTY – A Huron East resident is facing several charges after a series of events involving two stolen vehicles and two collisions in Perth County last week.
The first single-vehicle crash occurred on Sept. 11, just after 4:30 a.m. on Perth Line 72, near Road 169 in North Perth.
In a press release, Perth County OPP say a red GMC SUV lost control, rolled, and struck a hydro pole. The driver fled the scene on foot before police arrived. Police say the vehicle had been stolen from a residence in Brussels.
The suspect from the crash fled to a nearby business, where they allegedly stole tools and a Dodge Caravan. Police recovered the stolen van in Brussels a short time later.
Police received a report of another single-vehicle crash at 9:43 a.m. that day, this time on Perth Road 180 near the border of Huron East. This crash involved a Dodge Nitro hitting a hydro pole, causing the wires to come down across the roadway. Two occupants from the vehicle were taken to hospital with minor injuries.
A police investigation revealed that the driver was the same suspect involved in the previous two vehicle thefts.
The accused, a 28-year-old resident of Huron East was arrested and charged with:
- two counts of theft of a motor vehicle;
- two counts of careless driving;
- fail to remain;
- three counts of failure to comply with release order – other than attend court; and
- theft under $5,000.
The accused was held for a bail hearing.
When asked why the name of the driver was not released, Provincial Constable Jillian Johnson said she was following OPP policy.
“It is because they were injured, and due to privacy, we cannot release the name of an injured person,” she wrote in an email to the Listowel Banner.