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Man clocked at 150 km/h going through Garden River

He has been involved in multiple pursuits and never stops for police, the court was told
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The Sault Ste. Marie Court House is pictured on July 21, 2022.

It was just a year ago when police clocked a vehicle travelling through Garden River First Nation at speeds climbing as high as 150 km/h.

Officers spotted the vehicle eastbound on Highway 17 at 12:20 a.m. on Sept. 18, 2021, a judge heard Tuesday in Sault Ste. Marie.

The man behind the wheel pleaded guilty to driving while pursued by police and failing to stop when he appeared before the court via video.

Douglas Richard, 28, also was convicted of breach of probation for failing to keep the peace.

His vehicle was travelling at speeds ranging from 130 to 150 kilometres, the Crown told Ontario Court Justice John Condon.

Officers visually identified the driver, and emergency lights were activated, but 

Richard failed to stop, prosecutor Blair Hagan said.

He has been involved in multiple pursuits and never stops for police, the court was told.

At the time, Richard was supposed to be under house arrest, but he couldn't be located when police went looking for him, the assistant Crown attorney said.

He was arrested on other charges on Dec. 20.

Defence lawyer Ken Walker said his client is a member of the Thessalon First Nation and requested a Gladue report be prepared for the sentencing hearing.

Condon put sentencing over to Oct. 25.

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Linda Richardson is a freelance journalist who has been covering Sault Ste. Marie's courts and other local news for more than 45 years.
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