Police pursue stolen vehicle
Yesterday evening, shortly before 10:30 p.m., the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) contacted the North Bay Police Service with information that they located a pickup truck, reported stolen from South River, driving on Highway 11 North and heading towards North Bay. OPP pursued the vehicle onto Lakeshore Drive, where they deployed a spike belt. The driver drove around the spike belt and did not stop for police. OPP discontinued the pursuit near the Steve Omischl Sports Field Complex.
A North Bay Police patrol officer located the vehicle shortly thereafter and strategically followed it until other cruisers arrived to assist him. Police attempted an in-tandem stop but the suspect drove around the cruisers and continued down Lakeshore Drive. A police pursuit was then initiated. Police deployed a spike belt at Lakeshore Drive and Judge Avenue that successfully deflated the front right tire of the vehicle.
The suspect continued to drive with a deflated tire towards Algonquin Avenue. The pursuit came to an end when the driver drove off the roadway behind a restaurant on Algonquin Avenue and Maplewood Avenue and ran into a fence.
Officers attempted to remove the driver from the vehicle, however he refused to get out and fought with officers. Police deployed a conducted energy weapon (a.k.a. a taser) to arrest him.
As a result of the investigation, Gilbert Lizotte, age 45 of Timmins was charged with:
- Possession of Stolen Property;
- Fail to Stop for Police;
- Assault with intent to resist arrest;
- Dangerous Driving; and
- Drive while under suspension
The accused was held in custody for a bail hearing today.