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Occupants flee scene after vehicle hits utility pole in Port McNicoll (update: arrest made)

Due to the level of damage to the involved vehicle, K-9 Unit summoned to locate occupants out of concern for their health and welfare
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File photo supplied by the Ontario Provincial Police

12:45 p.m. update:
Investigators have concluded their investigation into this crash and have charged the 35-year-old female driver of Midland who was the lone occupant of the vehicle with the following offences:
    •    Dangerous operation
    •    Fail to stop after accident contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada

She was treated and released from hospital for her minor injuries has also been released from police custody on a recognizance to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Midland on Sept. 3, 2020.

11:30 a.m. update:
Late this am, OPP Officers at the scene have taken into custody a female who returned to the crash scene and have transported her to Georgian Bay General Hospital for treatment of her injuries. Investigation into the crash continues.

Original 11 a.m. release:
TAY TOWNSHIP - Members of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are currently investigating an overnight single vehicle crash into a utility pole at the intersection of Seventh Avenue and Talbot Street, Port McNicoll that officers responded to at 4:58 a.m. April 17, 2020.

The occupants of the vehicle fled the scene prior to the arrival of police and attending officers searched the area of the crash and later summoned the assistance of the OPP Central Region K-9 Unit and the OPP Central Region Emergency Response Team (ERT).

Due to the level of damage to the involved vehicle, the extra police resources were requested to locate the unknown occupants out of concern for their health and welfare. Investigators are being assisted by members of the OPP Central Region Traffic Collision Investigation Unit (TCI) into the cause of the crash.

The investigation into the crash and search for occupants continue.

Police remind motorists that an essential part of the enforcement job is to save lives and reduce injuries on our roadways and trails. Educating the public about safe driving practices is a priority.