UPDATE: OPP stop stolen vehicle, arrest suspects on Dundas Street West in Greater Napanee

The pickup truck was reportedly stolen property. OPP used a spike strip to incapacitate the vehicle. Photo by Cris Vilela/Kingstonist.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated twice since it was originally published at 2:48 p.m. today, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2024. For the most recently updated information, please see bottom of article.

For the second time this week, Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) vehicles and personnel were seen in the area of Dundas Street West in Greater Napanee, after reportedly pursuing a stolen vehicle.

Shortly after 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2024, the OPP took to social media and reported that units were in the area of Dundas Street West by Slash Road, looking for two males who ran from a vehicle on foot. Thirty minutes later, the OPP reported that two suspects were arrested without incident the area was now clear.

Early reports involved a white pickup truck, possibly stolen, which OPP disabled with a spike belt. The front left tire was shredded, as seen in the above photo.

According to further reports, residents in the surrounding area were asked to shelter in place, and nearby schools were alerted as well. The Limestone District School Board (LDSB) placed Prince Charles School and Napanee DSS on Hold & Secure at 1:26 p.m.

Just after 2 p.m., OPP officers on scene reported that three individuals were placed in custody and there is no danger to the public.

At 1:43 p.m., LDSB lifted the Hold & Secure at both schools. “At no point in time was there danger to students and staff,” the school board said in response to Kingstonist inquiries.

Dundas Street West was closed at Richmond Park Drive, and has since reopened.

Kingstonist inquired about more details with Kingston Police as reports suggest this incident began in their jurisdiction. No response was received by time of publication.

UPDATE (Wednesday, Jan 10, 2024, at 4:35 p.m.)

The Lennox and Addington (L&A) OPP responded to Kingstonist’s inquiries by releasing a media statement in the late afternoon of Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2024.

According to the OPP, just before 12:30 p.m., officers of the L&A Detachment of the OPP received information from Kingston Police about a vehicle they attempted to stop.

“The vehicle was located by police at 12:46 p.m. driving northbound on County Road 4 from Hwy 401. Police observed two people in the vehicle wearing masks,” OPP stated.

In the release, the OPP said that officers attempted to stop the vehicle but it did not pull over. As reported above, police then used a spike belt on the vehicle to stop it. The suspect vehicle reportedly continued to drive into Napanee and eventually stopped at Dundas Street West and Slash Road where the two males fled on foot.

The OPP’s Emergency Response Team, Tactics and Rescue Unit and Canine units also attended. According to the release, police searched the area and located the two males hiding in a dumpster at 1:34 p.m. The two individuals were arrested for possession of stolen property without incident and transported back to the detachment.

The OPP noted that the investigation remains ongoing, and names, charges and court dates will be released once charges are sworn.

UPDATE (Thursday, Jan. 11, 2024, at 4 p.m.):

The day after the OPP deflated a tire on a stolen vehicle in order to arrest those inside, the Lennox and Addington Detachment released the names of those arrested, and the associated charges.

Previous reporting (above) stated that the OPP arrested two individuals who fled from the vehicle at the time of the incident. Now, the OPP said that the driver of the vehicle was also arrested at the scene without incident before he was able to exit the vehicle.

As a result of this investigation, L&A County OPP has charged the following individuals:

George Maxwell, age 53, of Eldon Township, Ontario, with:

  • Operation of a motor vehicle while prohibited
  • Two counts of failure to comply with undertaking
  • Flight from a peace officer
  • Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle
  • Possession of break in instruments
  • Possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000

Kristopher Rose, age 35, of Huntsville, Ontario, with:

  • Resisting a peace officer
  • Possession of break in instruments
  • Possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000

Jason Kell, age 38, of Trent Lakes, Ontario, with:

  • Resisting a peace officer
  • Possession of break in instruments
  • Possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000

OPP said that all three accused were held for a bail hearing before the Ontario Court of Justice in Napanee.

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