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Canine unit helps OPP apprehend Penetanguishene driver who fled after Severn crash

A child was also in the vehicle and taken to hospital in Toronto as a precaution; A 23-year-old area resident faces multiple charges
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The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Orillia Detachment made an arrest after the driver of a vehicle involved in a collision, in the Township of Severn, fled the scene.

On Sept. 5, 2020 at approximately 3:15 p.m. police were dispatched to Highway 400 northbound near Port Severn Road with reports of a single vehicle roll-over. 

Prior to police arrival the driver of the vehicle fled into the near-by bushes. County of Simcoe Paramedics attended the scene and transported the passengers to a Midland area hospital as a precaution. A child was who was in the vehicle was transported to a Toronto area hospital as a precaution.

Central Region Canine and Central Region Emergency Response Unit (ERT) were called in to locate the driver of the vehicle. The driver was located a short time later by Canine and ERT officers and subsequently arrested.

Orillia OPP arrested and charged Joshua Sommerville, 23, of Penetanguishene with:

  • Dangerous operation contrary to Section 320.13(1) of the Criminal Code;
  • Failure to stop at after an accident contrary to Section 320.16 of the Criminal Code;
  • Obstruct police contrary to Section 129(a) of the Criminal Code; and,
  • Driving while under suspension contrary to Section 53(1) of the Highway Traffic Act.

The suspect was released on a Form 10 Undertaking and set to appear next on Nov. 10, 2020 at the Ontario Court of Justice, Orillia.

The Orillia OPP is committed to serving our province by protecting its citizens, upholding the law and preserving public safety. If you have any information about crime in our community please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or report minor occurrences online by visiting You can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit your information online at if you have any information on this crime or any other crime. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display and you will remain anonymous. Being anonymous, you will not testify in court and your information may lead to a cash reward of up to $2,000.