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Penetanguishene driver facing charges after two early-morning incidents

The driver is facing charges of dangerous operation as well as flight from peace officer
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File photo supplied by the Ontario Provincial Police
Uniform officers of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were caused to investigate a number of fail to stop for police incidents involving the same vehicle in the area during the Nov. 4-7, 2020 time period.

An uniform officer operating a marked OPP cruiser attempted to stop at 1:15 a.m. Nov. 4, 2020 a silver coloured Jetta for a traffic offence at the intersection of Maria Street and Thompson Road in the Town of Penetanguishene and the vehicle failed to stop. On Nov. 7, 2020 at 3:58 a.m. a uniform officer operating a marked OPP cruiser attempted to stop a silver Jetta matching the same description as in the prior incident at the intersection of Concession 13 East and Rue Lafontaine in Tiny Township and again the vehicle failed to stop for the officer. The officer in this case was able to confirm the licence plate of the vehicle and investigators were able to locate and arrest without incident on Nov. 9, 2020 the driver Christian Lesperance, 19 years, of Penetanguishene for the following offences.

  • Dangerous operation (two counts)
  • Flight from peace officer (two counts)

Contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada

The accused was released from police custody on a recognizance to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Midland on Jan. 14, 2021.

Police remind motorists that an essential part of the enforcement job is to save lives and reduce injuries on our trails, roadways and waterways. Educating the public about safe driving practices with our community safety partners is a priority, if you see a possible impaired driver or operator please "Make the Call" and dial 911 and help prevent a crash.