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Florida man arrested for failing to stop at Canadian border in Sault

OPP used spike belt to stop vehicle near North Bay, after earlier attempt to stop vehicle near Sudbury fails
2021-07-16 International Bridge FIle BC (2)
International Bridge file photo.

A Florida driver who failed to stop for Canadian border officers at the international bridge has been arrested and held for bail court.

On Jan. 7 at 9:51 p.m., Ontario Provincial Police were advised of a motor vehicle with Florida plates, that failed to stop for the Canada Border Services Agency at the International Bridge in Sault Ste. Marie and then traveled in an unknown direction.

On Jan. 8 at 1:30 a.m. members from the Nipissing West Detachment of the OPP attempted to stop a vehicle with Florida plates for an equipment violation on Highway 17, in Greater Sudbury. The vehicle failed to stop for police.

Later that morning, the vehicle was located by OPP on Highway 17 in West Nipissing, near North Bay, the OPP said in a news release.

A spike belt was used to stop the vehicle and the driver was arrested.  

Christopher Mitchell, 27, from Florida, is charged with:

  • Resist peace officer, contrary to section 129(a) of the Criminal Code (CC)
  • Dangerous operation, contrary to section 320.13(1) of the CC
  • Fail to stop for police, contrary to section 216(1) of the Highway Traffic Act (HTA)
  • No red light on rear of trailer, contrary to section 62(24) of the HTA

The accused was held for bail court, then remanded back into custody to re-appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in North Bay.