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Hit & Run Involving Meth & Stolen Vehicle

(NORTH PERTH, ON) – One person was charged after they drove while impaired, and struck an outbuilding at a residence in the Municipality of North Perth.

A Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer on general patrol attempted to stop a vehicle on Ellen Street, in Atwood, just after 1:30 p.m. on January 2 2022. The vehicle then drove across the lawn of a nearby residence in order to flee from police, and struck an outbuilding on another property.

The heavily damaged vehicle then fled southbound onto Perth Road 164, and then westbound on Perth Line 72. It continued into Huron County, where it failed to stop for stop signs and drove dangerously into Clinton. The vehicle was abandoned by the driver, who fled on foot, and broke into a drive shed at a residence on Ausable Line, near Hensall. They were confronted by the homeowner, who contacted police.

With the assistance of the Huron County OPP, the male was located and placed under arrest. They were brought to a local OPP operations centre for further testing.

There were no injuries reported as a result of the collision.

Kurtis MACDONALD, 29, of no fixed address, has been charged with:

–       Operation while Impaired – Alcohol and Drugs

–       Dangerous Operation

–       Flight From Peace Officer

–       Break, Enter to Dwelling House with Intent to Commit Indictable Offence

–       Possession of a Schedule I Substance – Methamphetamine

–       Take Motor Vehicle without Consent

–       Failure to Stop After Accident

–       Possession of an Identity Document (two counts)

–       Driving While Under Suspension

The accused was held in custody pending a bail hearing.

Anyone with information regarding this or any incident is asked to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or online at www.opp.ca/reporting. Should you wish to remain anonymous you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous online message at www.P3tips.com where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

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