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Gas theft suspects surrender after night in the woods

Gas theft suspects surrender after night in the woods

Created: July 15, 2020 02:44 PM

Two people have surrendered to police after fleeing from officers and apparently spending a night in the bush north of Wawa, Ontario.

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Ontario Provincial Police say the incident began on Tuesday morning when officers received a complaint of a car on Highway 17 driving at a high rate of speed and passing unsafely. Police learned that the occupants were also suspects in a gas theft.

A few hours later, officers located the vehicle near Red Rock Lake in Lake Superior Provincial Park and attempted to stop it using spike belts, but were unsuccessful.

Police say a short time later, the driver requested gas from an off-duty police sergeant on a local road north of Wawa. The roadway was contained, but the occupants of the vehicle then fled on foot into the surrounded wooded area.

A canine unit and members of the Emergency Response Team assisted with a search through the night.

The two suspects surrendered at 8 a.m. Wednesday and were arrested to face numerous possible criminal charges.

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