Erratic 401 driver arrested near Kingston, facing criminal charges

A damaged OPP cruiser after it was struck by a fleeing suspect on the 401 near Kingston on Friday, Aug. 26, 2022. Photo via Lucas Mulder.

A driver is now facing several criminal charges after attempting to evade Ontario Provincial Police officers on the 401 on the morning of Friday, Aug. 26, 2022.

About 10 OPP cruisers responded from the Napanee and Odessa detachments, converging on the 401 near Odessa at around 8:00 a.m. and attempting to stop the speeding and erratic driver.

The suspect’s vehicle after having been stopped on the 401. Photo via OPP.

Eyewitnesses to the incident reported that OPP attempted to deploy a spike belt to stop the eastbound vehicle, but the driver managed to elude it.

In the course of the pursuit, OPP say, the driver rammed a police cruiser. The driver proceeded for a short time afterward, eventually entering and stopping in the median near the westbound lanes. He exited the vehicle and a brief foot pursuit ensued, but the suspect was apprehended shortly thereafter.

OPP subsequently confirmed that the vehicle had been stolen.

The 31-year-old driver now faces a litany of charges.

Jeffery Dumas, from Lachine, Quebec has been charged with:

  • Dangerous operation – Criminal Code (CC) 320.13(1)
  • Operation while impaired – drugs – CC 320.14(1)(a)
  • Flight from peace officer – CC 320.17
  • Resist peace officer – CC 129(a)
  • Possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000 – CC 355(a)
  • Failure to stop after accident – CC 320.16(1)
  • Fail to comply with probation order – CC 733.1(1)
  • Fail to remain – Highway Traffic Act (HTA) 200(1)(a)
  • Drive motor vehicle – no licence – HTA 32(1)

OPP say that no injuries were sustained in the incident.

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